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In the appeal, Motorola claims that the Seventh Circuit is on the wrong side of a circuit split over the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act, but—perhaps more interestingly—has asked the Supreme Court to overturn the Seventh Circuit’s allowance of non-random case assignments.

In the appeal, Motorola claims that the Seventh Circuit is on the wrong side of a circuit split over the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act, but—perhaps more interestingly—has asked the Supreme Court to overturn the Seventh Circuit’s allowance of non-random case assignments.Recently, the Seventh Circuit has garnered headlines for its practice of allowing a motions panel to retain a case for a decision on the merits, sometimes even without briefing and argument.Although the independent variable is manipulated, participants are not randomly assigned to conditions or orders of conditions (Cook & Campbell, 1979) Because the independent variable is manipulated before the dependent variable is measured, quasi-experimental research eliminates the directionality problem.

Thus, the program team needs to develop a robust framework during the program planning phase.

Last week, Motorola Mobility LLC petitioned the Supreme Court to review a recent adverse antitrust decision by the Seventh Circuit.

Instead, data are collected only after the program has ended among participants who had received the intervention and among non-participants, making for a weaker design.

Matching participants and non-participants with similar characteristics and accounting for any relevant differences are especially important in the post-test only design to isolate effects of the intervention.

In terms of internal validity, therefore, quasi-experiments are generally somewhere between correlational studies and true experiments.

Quasi-experiments are most likely to be conducted in field settings in which random assignment is difficult or impossible.Pre-Test/Post-Test with Non-Random Assignment to Intervention or Control Groups.As with randomized experiments, for a pre-test/post-test quasi-experimental design, data are collected before and after the intervention.Notably, post-test only designs can also be used for experimental designs, assuming that the groups are randomly assigned before the intervention began.Randomization ensures that the intervention and comparison groups are equivalent with respect to all factors other than whether they received the intervention.Randomized experiments, also called experimental design, are the most rigorous evaluation design, often referred to as the “gold standard.” Pre-Test/Post-Test with Random Assignment to Intervention or Comparison Groups.In randomized experiments, study subjects (or groups) are randomly assigned to a group that receives the health program intervention (study or treatment group) or a comparison group that does not receive the intervention (control or non-treatment group).However, assigning subjects to the intervention and comparison groups is non-random.Thus, evaluators cannot assume equivalence between the two groups.Data for each group are collected before and after the intervention.At the end of the experiment, differences between the intervention and comparison groups can be attributed directly to the effect of the intervention—if the sample is large enough.

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