Representatives from the We Love Reading initiative attended, with help from a US Embassy grant, a five-day workshop on evaluating social programs in Cambridge, Massachusetts from June 15th through the 19th. The workshop took place at the Abdul Lateef Jameel Poverty Action Lab located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where participants discussed the definition and importance of evaluating social programs using the Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) method.
The RCT method rests on evaluating social programs through comparing two randomly selected samples: one from the treatment group (benefitting from the project/ program) and the other from the controlled group (not treated with intervention). The two samples are then studied and compared to see the effect of the intervention and whether or not it was successful, and if successful to what extent.
Taghyeer Organization will hold an awareness session on the RCT method for local organizations and initiatives where they will share their experience gained from attending the workshop. Interested participants are encouraged to contact Taghyeer Organization to sign up for attending the session.