Current Approaches to Experimental and Quasi-experimental Research for Public Administration and Public Policy
Title：Current Approaches to Experimental and Quasi-experimental Research for Public Administration and Public Policy
Speaker：Stuart Bretschneider, Foundation Professor, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University
Moderator：Liu Zhilin, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
Discussant: Dai Yixin, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
Venue：Room 321, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
This presentation looks at current trends in the application of experiments and quasi-experiments being applied to both public administration and public policy research. It starts by explaining how the two fields differ historically in their attitudes and applications of experiments and quasi-experiments as viewed through publication success. From this review a list of issues is derived for each with some discussion of how the field has responded to these issues. This review takes into account technology changes like the internet and peer production sites like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. The paper conclude with some recommendations for future work.
Stuart Bretschneider is a Foundation Professor of Organization Design and Public Administration at Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs. He is also director of research and a senior research associate at the school’s Center for Organization Research and Design. Previously Bretschneider was a Maxwell Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and director of the Center for Technology and Information Policy at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University before arriving at Arizona State University. He was also associate dean and chair of the Public Administration Department between 2005 and 2011 at the Maxwell School. Currently, his research has focused on how public organizations make use of information technology and the effects of those technologies on public organizations; how public organizations employ forecasting technology and organize to carry out forecasting activities; and how sector differences affect administrative processes. He has also done work in science and technology policy. His work includes numerous funded projects associated with the evaluation of public policy in the energy, environment and technology areas.