Conducting Experiments in Public Management Research: A Practical Guide

International Public Management Journal. Special Issue: Experiments in Public Management Research, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp. 323-342. doi:10.1080/10967494.2015.1024905

Posted: 5 Sep 2015 Last revised: 19 Sep 2015

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Martin Bækgaard

Aarhus University

Caroline Baethge

University of Passau - Business Administration and Economics

Jens Blom-Hansen

Aarhus University

Claire A. Dunlop

University of Exeter, Department of Politics

Marc Esteve

School of Public Policy at the University College London

Morten Jakobsen

Aarhus University

Brian Kisida

University of Missouri

John Marvel

School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason Universit

Alice Moseley

University of Exeter

Søren Serritzlew

Aarhus University - Department of Political Science

Mette Kjærgaard Thomsen

University of Southern Denmark

Patrick Wolf

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform

Patrick A. Stewart

University of Arkansas

Date Written: March 11, 2015

Abstract

This article provides advice on how to meet the practical challenges of experimental methods within public management research. We focus on lab, field, and survey experiments. For each of these types of experiments we outline the major challenges and limitations encountered when implementing experiments in practice and discuss tips, standards, and common mistakes to avoid. The article is multi-authored in order to benefit from the practical lessons drawn by a number of experimental researchers.

Suggested Citation

Bækgaard, Martin and Baethge, Caroline and Blom-Hansen, Jens and Dunlop, Claire A. and Esteve, Marc and Jakobsen, Morten and Kisida, Brian and Marvel, John and Moseley, Alice and Serritzlew, Søren and Thomsen, Mette Kjærgaard and Wolf, Patrick and Stewart, Patrick A., Conducting Experiments in Public Management Research: A Practical Guide (March 11, 2015). International Public Management Journal. Special Issue: Experiments in Public Management Research, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp. 323-342. doi:10.1080/10967494.2015.1024905 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2656389

Martin Bækgaard

Aarhus University ( email )

Nordre Ringgade 1
DK-8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

Caroline Baethge

University of Passau - Business Administration and Economics ( email )

Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultaet
Passau, D-94030
Germany

Jens Blom-Hansen

Aarhus University ( email )

Nordre Ringgade 1
DK-8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

Claire A. Dunlop

University of Exeter, Department of Politics ( email )

Amory Building, Rennes Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4RJ
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1392 264690 (Phone)
+44 (0)1392 263305 (Fax)

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Marc Esteve

School of Public Policy at the University College London ( email )

29/30 Tavistock Square
London, WC1H 9QU
United Kingdom

Morten Jakobsen

Aarhus University ( email )

Nordre Ringgade 1
DK-8000 Aarhus C, 8000
Denmark

Brian Kisida

University of Missouri ( email )

219 Professional Building
Columbia, MO 65201
United States

John Marvel

School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason Universit ( email )

Founders Hall
3351 Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

Alice Moseley

University of Exeter ( email )

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Søren Serritzlew

Aarhus University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Bartholins Allé è
DK-8000 Aarhus, 8000
Denmark

Mette Kjærgaard Thomsen

University of Southern Denmark ( email )

Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense, 5000
Denmark

Patrick Wolf (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform ( email )

201 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

Patrick A. Stewart

University of Arkansas ( email )

Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

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