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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Congress and Program Evaluation: An Overview of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) and Related Issues

Congress and Program Evaluation: An Overview of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) and Related Issues

Date: March 7, 2006
Creator: Brass, Clinton T; Nuñez-Neto, Blas & Williams, Erin D
Description: This report discusses what RCTs are and identifies a number of issues regarding RCTs that might arise when Congress considers making program evaluation policy. For example, in the 109th Congress, Section 3 of S. 1934 (as introduced) would establish a priority for RCTs when evaluating offender reentry demonstration projects; Section 114 of S. 667 (Senate Finance Committee-reported bill) would require RCTs for demonstration projects for low-income families; and Section 5 of S. 1129 (as introduced) would call for RCTs for projects and policies of multilateral development banks. Issues regarding RCTs could also arise when actors in the policy process present specific program evaluations to Congress (e.g., in the President’s budget proposals) to influence Congress’s views and decision making. For many reasons, evaluations often merit scrutiny and care in interpretation.
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Reimbursement of Local Private Nonprofit Organizations Under the Stafford Act

Reimbursement of Local Private Nonprofit Organizations Under the Stafford Act

Date: January 4, 2006
Creator: Angelheart, Ann
Description: None
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Venezuela: Political Conditions and U.S. Policy

Venezuela: Political Conditions and U.S. Policy

Date: September 23, 2005
Creator: Gish, Melinda
Description: The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is a flexible source of funds that states may use to support a wide variety of social services activities. States have broad discretion over the use of these funds. This short report provides background information on the SSBG and tracks relevant legislation and appropriations measures.
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The Postal Revenue Forgone Appropriation: Overview and Current Issues

The Postal Revenue Forgone Appropriation: Overview and Current Issues

Date: March 11, 2005
Creator: Stevens, Nye
Description: None
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Charitable Choice, Faith-Based Initiatives, and TANF

Charitable Choice, Faith-Based Initiatives, and TANF

Date: August 9, 2004
Creator: Burke, Vee
Description: This report is one in the series of reports that discusses the Charitable Choice Act of 2001 (Title II of the House bill) and its rules, as well as the charitable choice laws, and other areas of this program.
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Minimum Distribution Requirements for Foundations: Proposal to Disallow Administrative Costs

Minimum Distribution Requirements for Foundations: Proposal to Disallow Administrative Costs

Date: September 5, 2003
Creator: Gravelle, Jane G
Description: None
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Social Services Block Grant (Title XX of the Social Security Act)

Social Services Block Grant (Title XX of the Social Security Act)

Date: April 28, 2003
Creator: Gish, Melinda
Description: The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is a flexible source of funds that states may use to support a wide variety of social services activities. States have broad discretion over the use of these funds. This short report provides background information on the SSBG and tracks relevant legislation and appropriations measures.
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Public Aid to Faith-Based Organizations (Charitable Choice): Background and Selected Legal Issues

Public Aid to Faith-Based Organizations (Charitable Choice): Background and Selected Legal Issues

Date: March 28, 2003
Creator: Ackerman, David M.
Description: This report provides background on ten selected questions related to public aid for faith-based organization. Despite the ongoing controversy about charitable choice, not until the 107th Congress were there full hearings and extended debates on its constitutionality, efficacy, and public policy implications.
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Lobbying Regulations on Non-Profit Organizations

Lobbying Regulations on Non-Profit Organizations

Date: November 26, 2002
Creator: Maskell, Jack
Description: None
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Social Services Block Grant (Title XX of the Social Security Act)

Social Services Block Grant (Title XX of the Social Security Act)

Date: November 4, 2002
Creator: Gish, Melinda
Description: The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is a flexible source of funds that states may use to support a wide variety of social services activities. States have broad discretion over the use of these funds. This short report provides background information on the SSBG and tracks relevant legislation and appropriations measures.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department