Institution for Social and Policy Studies Experimental Initiative
The Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) Experimental Initiative supports field experimentation in the social sciences at Yale University. The term “field experiment” refers to fully-randomized research designs in which observations found in a naturalistic setting – voters, patients, welfare recipients, community organizations, government entities – are assigned to treatment and control conditions. Research findings from many of the most recent ISPS voter mobilization and voter education experiments are presented on this site. Randomized studies of voter mobilization exemplify one of many lines of experimental research supported through the ISPS Experimental Initiative. Other examples of recent research include inquiries into the effectiveness of peer counseling of homeless people, campaign activities in Africa, and the persuasiveness of televised campaign advertisements. Read more about the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale.