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  • William Rhodes

    (Abt Associates Inc., Cambridge, MA, USA)

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    Research synthesis of evaluation findings is a multistep process. An investigator identifies a research question, acquires the relevant literature, codes findings from that literature, and analyzes the coded data to estimate the average treatment effect and its distribution in a population of interest. The process of estimating the average treatment effect is meta-analysis. Meta-analysis is gaining popularity across the social sciences, but introductions and even advanced treatments of the subject are often formula-driven. Researchers, who apply formulas without understanding, risk both misapplication and misinterpretation. This article derives formulas used in meta-analysis using standard regression models so this article seeks to introduce readers with an understanding of regression analysis to meta-analysis, intending thereby to motivate and facilitate a deeper reading of the meta-analysis literature.

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    Article provided by in its journal Evaluation Review.

    Volume (Year): 36 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 24-71

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:evarev:v:36:y:2012:i:1:p:24-71

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    Keywords: meta-analysis; systematic literature reviews; econometrics; research synthesis;


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