A guide to randomised controlled trials

This is a guide on why, when and how to do a randomised controlled trial in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship and growth (IEG).

Our guide been designed for policymakers, researchers but also practitioners who:

  • Want a better understanding of the underlying principles of randomised controlled trials
  • Want to test and evaluate new programmes and policies
  • Need to develop new programmes and policies
  • Need to assess randomised controlled trial proposals
  • Are responsible for managing and steering ongoing randomised controlled trials

You do not need in-depth methodological expertise to use this guide. Some familiarity with issues and challenges that might come up in randomised controlled trials alongside an inquisitive mind are expected instead. The guide is intended to equip you with enough knowledge to allow you to have meaningful conversations with technical experts, but also to help you better design and plan randomised controlled trials in the field of innovation, entreprenership and growth. For those who are interested, the guide also offers signposts to more specialist sources.

This is our first version of the guide and we welcome your feedback at innovationgrowthlab@nesta.org.uk.