Term: Regression Discontinuity Design (RDD)
Last Updated: 2007-12-12
Quasi-experimental, pretest-posttest control group design that is characterized by its unique method of assignment to intervention: participants are assigned to either the intervention group or control group solely on the basis of a cut-off score on a pretest measure. The RDD is so named because a regression line is plotted to relate the assignment and outcome variables. If the treatment is effective, a discontinuity in the regression line should occur at the cutoff point. By comparison, the absence of a discontinuity is interpreted as a null effect.
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