OPRE releases two publications on rapid learning methods from Insight researchers

December 2, 2019 by Daven Ralston

Insight is proud to collaborate with the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) on its annual methods meeting, which explores critical topics in social science research methodology. OPRE recently released two publications from its 2018 meeting, authored by Insight researchers.

Last year’s meeting on rapid learning methods featured a presentation by vice president Scott Cody and colleague MaryCatherine Arbour of Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. They oriented meeting attendees to the topic with (1) a definition of rapid learning methods, (2) a guiding framework of questions to design an optimal rapid learning approach, and (3) suggested steps that federal agencies can take to promote the effective use of rapid learning methods. To view a video from their presentation and read their recently published issue brief on the topic, click here.

Rachel Holzwart, Robbie Skinner, and Debra Wright created a handy list of frequently asked questions about rapid learning methods. The list includes links to resources for further information on topics such as the purpose of rapid learning methods, which rapid learning methods are appropriate for which contexts, and practical resources to help programs implement these methods. If you’ve been wanting to learn more about rapid learning methods and their application in social service settings, this is a great place to start. The document is available here.