Weekly links | Week of the 1st April

Here are five blogs or papers that we’ve found interesting this week. Remember — please send us whatever you’re reading so we can share with the Centre members. Have a great weekend!

  1. ‘Development interventions have similarities to medical treatments: if you treat superficial symptoms rather than the underlying pathology, or if you give the wrong medicine, you will not cure the illness.’ This, and much more excellent advice/reminders from Marie Gaarder in a new commentary
  2. An older paper from Penelope Hawe looked in-depth at how a control group in an Australian trial understood being ‘controlled’, and how this might have biased the results (towards no effect).
  3. Synthesis Theme Leader, Kathryn Oliver, has just published an article on the nuances of ‘co-production’ in research, asking: do the costs outweigh the benefits?
  4. More thoughts on the statistical-significance debates. Andrew Gelman wonders why he’s bothering to weigh-in, when this debate has raged on for many decades. He thinks he, and his collaborators, have alternatives to offer.
  5. On the World Bank Impact blog, Markus Goldstein summarises some of the work economists have been doing to understand how ‘edutainment’ can reduce (attitudes about) intimate-partner violence.