Using randomized controlled trials to evaluate socially complex services: problems, challenges and recommendations.

@article{Wolff2000UsingRC,
  title={Using randomized controlled trials to evaluate socially complex services: problems, challenges and recommendations.},
  author={Nancy Wolff},
  journal={The journal of mental health policy and economics},
  year={2000},
  volume={3 2},
  pages={97-109}
}
  • Nancy Wolff
  • Published 2000 in The journal of mental health policy and economics
BACKGROUND: Following the lead of evidence-based medicine, practice based on effectiveness research has become the new gold standard of contemporary public policy. Studies of this sort are increasingly demanded to evaluate services provided by mental health, social services and criminal justice systems. AIMS: The paper questions whether the simple randomized controlled trial (RCT) paradigm as applied in clinical trials can be used "off the rack" to evaluate socially complex service (SCS… CONTINUE READING

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