How should one conduct and report experiments?

Experiments create counterfactuals…   photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash

Background Video

What is a Randomized Control Trial?

Randomized control trials are a type of experiment and are often said to be the gold standard for causal inference. Check this video of the Medical Research Council for a short introduction to RCTs (5 minutes).

Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT)

What are key features of RCT trials and how should they be reported? These and other aspects are formalized with the “Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials” (CONSORT). Take a look at the Schulz et al. (2010) required reading to familiarize yourself with the history of CONSORT, and, most importantly, the CONSORT checklist. Do you find the checklist helpful? Which items of the checklist do you find most important, and why?

Required Reading

Schulz, K. F., Altman, D. G., & Moher, D. (2010). CONSORT 2010 statement: updated guidelines for reporting parallel group randomised trials. Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics, 1(2), 100-107.

Session Slides