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Strategies to Approximate Random Sampling and Assignment$
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Patrick Dattalo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195378351

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378351.001.0001

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Summary and Conclusions

Summary and Conclusions

(p.149) 6 Summary and Conclusions
Strategies to Approximate Random Sampling and Assignment

Patrick Dattalo

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, specific recommendations made in chapters one through five are summarized. In conclusion, it is argued that, more generally, and in the longer term, alternatives and supplements to random sampling and random assignment should be considered as components in a comprehensive and diverse social work research agenda. This agenda recognizes random sampling and random assignment as gold standard methodological approaches with frequently intractable ethical and practical limitations. Such an agenda would emphasize the use of alternative and supplemental strategies to random sampling and random assignment within the context of (1) multiple measures of practical significance; (2) replication of results; and (3) a broad perspective on generalization.

Keywords:   confidence intervals, effect size, replication, generalizability

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