Dr. Tom Cook presented two guest lectures at the Institute of Behavioral Science at CU Boulder, October 13, 2017: 1) The evidence about evidence-based policy: How consistent are different clearinghouses on the standards for what warrants acceptable evidence? and 2) When quasi-experimental designs reliably reproduce estimates from randomized experiments on the same topics.
Tom Cook is a Joan and Serepta Harrison Emeritus Professor of Ethics and Justice, and Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Psychology, Education, and Social Policy at Northwestern University (on leave). Dr. Cook is an internationally known scholar in the design and analysis of evaluation research, whole school reform, and contextual factors that influence adolescent development, particularly for urban minorities. At CU Boulder, Dr. Cook serves on the Advisory Board of Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development which is housed in the Institute of Behavioral Science. Blueprints is a web-based registry of programs proven to promote positive youth outcomes using guidelines that follow rigorous scientific standards. This talk was co-sponsored by Blueprints, IBS, and the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder