Nancy Cartwright on RCTs

31 Jul, 2014 at 08:56 | Posted in Theory of Science & Methodology | Comments Off on Nancy Cartwright on RCTs

16720017-abstract-word-cloud-for-randomized-controlled-trial-with-related-tags-and-termsI’m fond of science philosophers like Nancy Cartwright. With razor-sharp intellects they immediately go for the essentials. They have no time for bullshit. And neither should we.

In Evidence: For Policy — downloadable here — Cartwirght has assembled her papers on how better to use evidence from the sciences “to evaluate whether policies that have been tried have succeeded and to predict whether those we are thinking of trying will produce the outcomes we aim for.” Many of the collected papers center around what can and cannot be inferred from results in well-done randomised controlled trials (RCTs).

A must-read for everyone with an interest in the methodology of science.

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