A Selection of Recent Evaluation and Methods Publications
Spring 2014
A Method to Screen U.S. Environmental Biomonitoring Data for Race/Ethnicity and Income-related Disparities
Anna Belova, Susan Greco, Anne Riederer, Lauren Olsho, Mark Corrales 


This study, published in Environmental Health, screened U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001-2008 biomonitoring data for 228 chemicals for race/ethnicity and income-related disparity. Defining six subgroups by race/ethnicity and income, the study assessed disparity by comparing the central tendency (geometric mean [GM]) of the biomonitoring concentrations of each subgroup to that of the reference subgroup (non-Hispanic white/High Income), adjusting for multiple comparisons using the Holm-Bonferroni procedure.

Estimating a Model of Excess Demand for Public Housing
Judy Geyer, Holger Sieg

The purpose of this paper, published in Quantitative Economics, is to develop and estimate a new equilibrium model of public housing that acknowledges the fact that the demand for public housing may exceed the available supply. The study shows that ignoring these supply side restrictions leads to an inconsistent estimator of household preferences. The study outlines a number of findings about demand for public housing, like the fact that for each family that leaves public housing there are, on average, 3.8 families that would like to move into the vacated unit. 

Evaluation of HIV Prevention Interventions for People who Inject Drugs in Low- and Middle-income Countries
Theodore Hammett

Inter-related epidemics of HIV and injection drug use occur globally but are especially prevalent and expanding in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). The uptake and coverage of harm reduction interventions in LMIC remain at low levels. This editorial examines the current and future state of the art in evaluation of these interventions and makes recommendations to fill in the gaps in evaluation and enhance the evidence.
New Directions in Social Experiments:
What can U.S. and international evaluators learn from each other?
Stephen Bell, Michael Kremer, Rebecca Maynard, Abhijit Banerjee
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