Which Design Would They Use?
1. Researchers are interested in seeing if participation in a civic engagement program (versus non-participation) can increase civic engagement in youth. The youth that are used in this study are randomly selected from several communities. Some participants will receive the program intervention, while another group will receive only after-school tutoring. If results show that participation in the civic engagement program is effective, the researchers would like to replicate this program nationally and publish research on the outcomes of the study.
2. Program coordinators put together a parent training workshop for the parents of at-risk youth. They wish to gauge participant satisfaction with the workshop through a short survey. They hope to use these surveys to make improvements for future workshops.
3. A group of program evaluators are interested in seeing whether youth behavior is improved after a substance abuse program. They plan to collect data from a selected cohort of youth participating in a substance abuse program and from their general after-school program for youth to compare findings. The results for this study will be used to supply evidence to program funders.