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.