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You have been asked to help budding researchers understand the difference between quasi-experiments and true experiments. Prepare a tip sheet that could be shared with others that may also serve as a helpful tool for you as you continue your studies. You may include graphics, tables, or other visuals to support your work.

To begin, provide an example of a quasi-experimental research design where you are studying differences among individuals within pre-existing groups or conditions that occur naturally within the real world. Briefly describe the study, and then include the following in your tip sheet: 

  • Explain the issue of random assignment, and detail why it would be necessary to conduct a quasi-experimental study and not a true experiment in this hypothetical study.
  • Interpret how this group membership could be impactful in understanding the results.
  • Conclude with a brief exploration of what you would need to do to convert this into a true experiment, theoretically speaking.

Length: 2-3 page tip sheet, not including title and reference pages

References: Include a minimum of 2 scholarly resources.