Evaluation Design for Program Improvement and the Case of the Homebuyer Education and Counseling Study
Laura Peck, Ph.D. Principal Scientist, Social & Economic Policy Division, and Director, Research & Evaluation Expertise Center
Increasingly, government and foundation funders are not simply interested in the average effects of an intervention, but also want to know what about an intervention drives its impacts. This presentation will propose several alternative experimental evaluation designs that permit getting inside the "black box" in order to better reveal what works and why. The HUD-funded First-Time Homebuyer Education and Counseling Demonstration will also be discussed as a case example of a large scale rigorous evaluation that built in a systematic comparison of alternative ways of improving the financial outcomes for first-time low-income potential homebuyers (https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/first-homebuyer-early-insights.html).