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EXPERIMENTALAND QUASI-EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNSFORGENERALIZED ii. CAUSALINFERENCE William R. Shadish Trru UNIvERSITYop MEvPrrts. Experiments and Generalized Causal Inference 2. Statistical Conclusion Validity and Internal Validity 3. Construct Validity and External Validity 4. marphersicanap.cf: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Generalized Causal Inference (): William R. Shadish, Thomas D. Cook.
Kuhn pointed out that falsification depends on two assumptions that can never be fully tested. The first is that the causal claim is perfectly specified. But that is never the case. So many features of both the claim and the test of the claim are debatable-for example, which outcome is of interest, how it is measured, the conditions of treatment, who needs treatment, and all the many other decisions that researchers must make in testing causal relationships.
As a result, disconfirmation often leads theorists to respecify part of their causal theories. For example, they might now specify novel conditions that must hold for their theory to be true and that were derived from the apparently disconfirming observations.
Second, falsification requires measures that are perfectly valid reflections of the theory being tested. However, most philosophers maintain that all observation is theory-laden.
It is laden both with intellectual nuances specific to the partially 16 1. If measures are not independent of theories, how can they provide independent theory tests, including tests of causal theories? If the possibility of theory-neutral observations is denied, with them disappears the possibility of definitive knowledge both of what seems to confirm a causal claim and of what seems to disconfirm it.
Nonetheless; a fallibilist version of falsification is possible.
It argues that studies of causal hypotheses can still usefully improve understanding of general trends despite ignorance of all the contingencies that might pertain to those trends. It argues that causal studies are useful even if we have to respecify the initial hypothesis repeatedly to accommodate new contingencies and new understandings. After all, those respecifications are usually minor in scope; they rarely involve wholesale overthrowing of general trends in favor of completely opposite trends.
Fallibilist falsification also assumes that theory-neutral observation is impossible but that observations can approach a more factlike status when they have been repeatedly made ,across different theoretical conceptions of a construct, across multiple kinds bf 'tn:easurements, and at multiple times.
It also assumes that observations are imbued with multiple theories, not just one, and that different operational procedures do not shate the same multiple theories. As a result, observations that repeatedly occur despite different theories being built into them have a special factlike status even if they can never be fully justified as completely theory-neutral facts. In summary, then, fallible falsification is more than just seeing whether.
It involves discovering and judging the worth of ancillary assumptions about the restricted specificity of the causal hypothesis under test and also about the heterogeneity of theories, viewpoints, settings, and times built into the measures of the cause and effect and of any contingencies modifying their relationship. It is neither feasible nor desirable to rule out all possible alternative interpretations of a causal relationship.
Instead, only plausible alternatives constitute the major focus. This serves partly to keep matters tractable because the number of possible alternatives is endless.
It also recognizes that many alternatives have no serious empirical or experiential support and so do not warrant special attention. However, the lack of support can sometimes be deceiving. For example, the cause of stomach ulcers was long thought to be a combination of lifestyle e.
Few scientists seriously thought that ulcers were caused by a pathogen e.
However, in Australian researchers Barry Marshall and Robin Warren discovered spiral-shaped bacteria, later named Helicobacter pylori H. With this discovery, the previously possible but implausible became plausible. By , a U. Because such factors are often context specific, different substantive areas develop their own lore about which alternatives are important enough to need to be controlled, even developing their own methods for doing so.
Thus the focus on plausibility is a two-edged sword: it reduces the range of alternatives to be considered in quasi-experimental work, yet it also leaves the resulting causal inference vulnerable to the discovery that an implausible-seeming alternative may later emerge as a likely causal agent. Natural Experiment The term natural experiment describes a naturally-occurring contrast between a treatment and a comparison condition Fagan, ; Meyer, ; Zeisel, Yet plausible causal inferences about the effects of earthquakes are easy to construct and defend.
After all, the earthquakes occurred before the observations on property values, and it is easy to see whether earthquakes are related to property values. A useful source of counterfactual inference can be constructed by examining property values in the same locale before the earthquake or by studying similar locales that did not experience an earthquake during the same time. Lyze causal inference in case-control studies in public health and medicine.
Experimental and quasi-experimental designs for generalized causal inference. Shadish, W. Cite as: Boston, MA. In causal inference and are quasi-experimental designs as good as randomized. Book Review. Review of Experimental and Quasi-experimental. Designs for Generalized Causal Inference. Cook, D. Such techniques can be used to model and partial out the effects of confounding variables techniques, thereby improving the accuracy of the results obtained from quasi-experiments.
Moreover, the developing use of propensity score matching to match participants on variables important to the treatment selection process can also improve the accuracy of quasi-experimental results. In fact, data derived from quasi-experimental analyses has been shown to closely match experimental data in certain cases, even when different criteria were used. On their own, quasi-experimental designs do not allow one to make definitive causal inferences; however, they provide necessary and valuable information that cannot be obtained by experimental methods alone.
Researchers, especially those interested in investigating applied research questions, should move beyond the traditional experimental design and avail themselves of the possibilities inherent in quasi-experimental designs. Quasi-experiments are commonly used in social sciences , public health , education , and policy analysis , especially when it is not practical or reasonable to randomize study participants to the treatment condition.
As an example, suppose we divide households into two categories: Households in which the parents spank their children, and households in which the parents do not spank their children. We can run a linear regression to determine if there is a positive correlation between parents' spanking and their children's aggressive behavior. However, to simply randomize parents to spank or to not spank their children may not be practical or ethical, because some parents may believe it is morally wrong to spank their children and refuse to participate.
Some authors distinguish between a natural experiment and a "quasi-experiment". Quasi-experiments have outcome measures, treatments, and experimental units, but do not use random assignment. Quasi-experiments are often the design that most people choose over true experiments.
The main reason is that they can usually be conducted while true experiments can not always be. Quasi-experiments are interesting because they bring in features from both experimental and non experimental designs. Measured variables can be brought in, as well as manipulated variables. Usually Quasi-experiments are chosen by experimenters because they maximize internal and external validity. Additionally, utilizing quasi-experimental designs minimizes threats to ecological validity as natural environments do not suffer the same problems of artificiality as compared to a well-controlled laboratory setting.
Also, this experimentation method is efficient in longitudinal research that involves longer time periods which can be followed up in different environments.
Other advantages of quasi experiments include the idea of having any manipulations the experimenter so chooses.