Evaluating causal effects of early childhood care and education investments: A discussion of the researcher's toolkit

Bauchmüller, Robert (2008). Evaluating causal effects of early childhood care and education investments: A discussion of the researcher's toolkit. Maastricht University.

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    Author Bauchmüller, Robert
    Title Evaluating causal effects of early childhood care and education investments: A discussion of the researcher's toolkit
    Volume/Issue No. 6
    Publication Date 2008
    Place of Publication Maastricht
    Publisher Maastricht University
    Pages 56
    Abstract Evaluations of causal effects of early childhood care and education (ECCE) investments on later child outcomes usually encounter a number of identification problems. This is due to a particularly difficult quest to identify the counterfactual case. Solutions for this problem are provided by a number of identification strategies which are used in programme evaluation. In this paper, these identification strategies are explained and explicitly studied with respect to their applications in evaluations of ECCE investments. The discussion of this toolkit of strategies reveals that the availability of data determines which strategy should be preferred. The best strategy should build on theoretical foundations, mention the assumptions which are made when simplifying reality and should refer to the internal and external validity of inferences that are made. ECCE evaluations that are done in is this way, can better inform policymakers about what investments work best for young children.
    Copyright Holder Maastricht Graduate School of Governance
    Copyright Year 2008
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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