Taking the Evaluation Leap: Lessons from Urban Alliance’s Six- Year Randomized Controlled Trial by Eshauna Smith Fall 2017: Volume 24 Issue 3

Taking the Evaluation Leap: Lessons from Urban Alliance’s Six- Year Randomized Controlled Trial (Fall 2017)
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Stories, especially transformational ones, are a powerful tool for describing an organization’s real-life impact, but another valuable tool is objective proof. In summer 2017, Urban Alliance completed a six-year randomized control trial (RCT)—the gold standard of program evaluation—and in the process were themselves tested. This article describes the ups and downs of this grueling process.