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Bauman, Karl E.; Viadro, Claire Isabel; & Tsui, Amy Ong (1994). Use of True Experimental Designs for Family Planning Program Evaluation: Merits, Problems and Solutions. International Family Planning Perspectives, 20(3), 108-113.


Family planning programs cost an estimated $4.5 billion worldwide in 1990;1 given this outlay and the importance many attribute to these programs, we need to determine their effects. Program effects can be accurately measured only if an appropriate research design is used. There is widespread agreement that true experimental designs, in which units of study are randomly allocated to different treatment conditions, can provide the best data for assessment of family planning program effects. If such a design is used properly, one can reasonably assume that variables other than the programs being evaluated are equally distributed across comparison groups and therefore do not influence the dependent variables.


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International Family Planning Perspectives


Bauman, Karl E.
Viadro, Claire Isabel
Tsui, Amy Ong