Privileging the randomised controlled trial in education suggests a preoccupation with scientific measurement over research that privileges participants’ voices, especially in a feminised profession.
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Economist, author and MP Andrew Leigh spoke to Fiona Fidler about how we should be using randomised trials more to drive decisions and policy in public life.
So a tested medical intervention was found not to work. This should be just as big news as if it was found to be a success.
Why didn’t you hear about a recent big study on a new heart medication? Because the drug didn’t work. But that doesn’t mean the study wasn’t a success – it was.