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The Real Gold Standard: Measuring Counterfactual Worlds That Matter Most to Policy. What research evidence do we need to inform policy about what works? Are experiments the ‘Gold Standard’ for establishing causal effects that matter for important policy goals in education, welfare, prevention and policing?

Programme outline

Welcome and Introductions: Prof Loraine Gelsthorpe, Prof Manuel Eisner, Dr Paolo Campana, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, UK. Speakers (in order of appearance): Prof Daniel Nagin, Carnegie Mellon University, USA & Prof Robert Sampson, Harvard University, USA; Prof Lawrence Sherman, University of Cambridge, UK; Prof Anna Vignoles, University of Cambridge, UK; Prof Manuel Eisner, University of Cambridge, UK; Prof Susanne Karstedt, Department of Criminology, Griffith University, Australia. 

We will be serving tea and coffee from 2.30pm. Talks will start at 3pm promptly. At the end of the talks and the Q&A (about 17.50) there will be a drinks reception. If you would like to attend and you don't belong to the Institute of Criminology, please get a free ticket through this page:

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