PhD Workshop Programme

On Wednesday 20 November, ahead of the Winter Research Meeting, we hosted a workshop designed for PhD students interested in experimentation.

Nesta’s Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) organised a workshop for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Participants learnt about the latest experimental research on science, innovation, entrepreneurship and business productivity, and were guided through the process of developing their own trial design to answer a research question in one of these areas.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019
09:30 - 09:45
09:45 - 10:45
What’s new? Experimental research on science, innovation, entrepreneurship and growth

Albert Bravo Biosca, Director, Innovation Growth Lab

Does management quality matter for firm outcomes, and how to improve it? Are investors biased against female inventors? Can we use social networks to accelerate the diffusion of new technologies? How can we identify and support high-growth entrepreneurs? Does mentoring work - and for whom? These are just a few of the questions we will address through the lens of recently published experimental results.

10:45 - 11:00
Refreshment break
11:00 - 12:00
Into the wild: The practicalities of running field experiments

Serene Ho, Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL Global, Eszter Czibor, Principal Researcher, Innovation Growth Lab

When it comes to RCTs, practical considerations are as important as the experimental design. We will cover issues such as finding a good implementation partner, obtaining consent, minimising attrition, dealing with non-compliance, etc. We will also discuss the scalability of results from relatively small-scale experiments.

12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:00
Design your own trial

In this interactive brainstorming session, participants will sort into groups based on their research interests, and receive prompts and suggestions to create their own trial design.

Facilitator: Hugo Cuello Diaz, Researcher, Innovation Growth Lab

14:00 - 14:15
Refreshment break
14:15 - 15:30
“Feedback fair” with the IGL team

Participants will discuss their designs with members of the IGL team along several dimensions, including methodological rigour, policy relevance and practical concerns, and receive ideas for implementation partners, funding opportunities and dissemination of their research.

The 'feedback fair' will consist of:

Funding: Lou-Davina Stouffs, Research and Programme Manager

Policy: Albert Bravo Biosca, Director, Innovation Growth Lab

Implementation: Teo Firpo, Senior Researcher

Methods: Eszter Czibor, Principal Researcher

Communications: Meg Doherty, Assistant Programme Manager

15:30 - 16:00
Refreshment break
16:00 - 17:00
Team presentations

Incorporating the feedback they received, the teams pitch their proposals and receive questions and suggestions from the audience.

Wednesday 20 November 2019
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands