GOLDEN uses the term in the scientific sense. Field Experiments as deployed by GOLDEN can be considered the most direct link to the production of usable tools for business and public-policy makers, since they actually get to tackle a problem, anticipate potential solutions and reflect on the outcomes produced.  GOLDEN’s experimentation follows rigoros scientific principles and it’s based on the concept of pre-and-post measurements around an intervention with the support of a control group.

Important factors for the successful deployment of experiments are:

  • Leading knowledge: establishing the current state of knowledge by measurements to inform the research design and ensure its quality.
  • Rigorous design: describes the methods being applied and the interventions being.
  • Clarity in the questions being asked
  • Disciplined documentation generates quality data to provide optimal assurance that the core questions will be addressed.
  • Impact evaluation with pre- and post-intervention measures and on-going feed-back loops to provide guidance to make change.
  • Ethical guidelines to avoid negative repercussions to those the experiment engages and to ensure value creation for stakeholders.

GOLDEN conceives of “experiments” using a novel approach that is distinguished by its “engaged scholarship” methodology, associated with action research/learning/ inquiry. This approach aims to further ensure the value of the experiment to the stakeholders, by building their own knowledge and capacity.