This is a methodological study to estimate impacts of interventions from the Future to Discover project under different design assumptions. Specifically, the study takes advantage of the family income cut-off that meant some New Brunswick families did not receive an offer of
(a) Learning Accounts or
(b) Learning Accounts plus Explore Your Horizons in the original project.
This hard cut-off to each family’s eligibility can be utilized in an evaluation based on a regression discontinuity design (RDD) to estimate the impacts of the interventions. This study produces two reports. The first proposes precisely how the analysis and comparison are to be done. The second re-analyzes the original Future to Discover project data to produce the RDD impact estimates. The estimates of impact from the original randomized controlled trial (RCT) design and RDD are compared for a range of key outcomes to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the RDD relative to the RCT approach.
Published: February 2022
Capability: Experimentation - Program Evaluation/ Performance Measurement
Policy Area: Post-Secondary Education - Access and Persistence - Student Financial Aid