Inside the Black Box of Interactions Between Programs and Participants: Re-conceptualizing Subgroups for Fatherhood Program Evaluation. II. WHY STUDY SUBGROUPS?


This section provides background on why subgroups are important to study in program evaluation. In Section A, we present a rationale for studying subgroups and clarify what is being tested in evaluations of impacts that use experimental methods. In Section B, we provide an overview of key approaches to studying subgroups and present some general hypotheses regarding whether one might expect positive, negative, or no impacts in low-, medium-, and high-risk subgroups.

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