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Evaluation Foundations (BIT 015)

Start Date: TBD
Duration: 12 weeks

Why do evaluations matter? City governments take responsibility for providing a wide range of necessary services, and resources are often limited, so every dollar is a trade-off! Through rigorous evaluation, we can build an evidence base and continually improve the quality and efficiency of our programs and services.

In this Sprint, you’ll learn the basic principles of evaluation, apply them to your own real-world challenge, and discuss ways to build up your ongoing evaluation capacity. This Sprint is open to all cities to audit and up to 6 cities will be selected to develop and run your own randomized trial. All participants will join BIT each week for webinars, calls, and resources with step-by-step information on how to run your own randomized trial and assess your city’s next steps to encourage continuous testing and improvement.

Recommended Participants: Any interested city staff and elected officials interested in running their own randomized field experiment. We highly recommend participants with an opportunity to test a redesigned email communication for this Sprint. For folks who aren’t quite ready to run a trial or who already have lots of experience with field evaluations, we invite you to follow along and join us for the webinar sessions on building and sustaining your evaluation capacity.

Achievable Criteria: 5 Evaluation criteria, 1 General Management criterion
- Your local government has a policy or ordinance that encourages the use of rigorous evaluation methods for practices, programs, and/or policies.
- Your local government has defined standards, methodologies, or tools to help staff rigorously evaluate practices, programs, and/or policies.
- Your local government requires that, as a condition of funding, new or renewed programs will be rigorously evaluated.
- Your local government has a designated leader and/or team responsible for helping departments conduct experimental or quasi-experimental evaluations.
- In the past 12 months, your local government has launched two or more experimental or quasi-experimental evaluations.
- In the past 12 months, your local government has used the results from experimental or quasi-experimental evaluations to make different, or to newly justify, decisions.

Start Date: 05/18/2020

  • Kick Off
  • Kickoff Resources
  • Running your own RCT
  • Embedding Evaluations 100d
  • Wrap Up 104d 4h
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed