A view on Hope; and a pertinent question to randomistas


…What concerns me is that the direct interventions that are targeted towards addressing such psycho-social constraints are not highlighted or even mentioned as they are not neat enough for RCT measurement. Instead the reliance is on the outcome variables and a black box of intervention package which is not very helpful for intervention design. Short of component randomization which is impractical, evaluation experts should come up with credible ways to speak to this need. Analytical narration of interventions that directly address such constraints could be a starting point…

A comment by IMatin, who I think is Imran Matin on this Economist article on the JPAL study on Bandhan’s ultra-poor intervention in West Bengal

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