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Title: Causation: The Keystone of Evaluation Design
Presenter: Dr. Michael Scriven
Date: September 20, 2005
Location: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
Sponsors: Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Transfer, The Evaluation Center of Western Michigan University, University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions

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A major war about the concept of causation is now raging within the fields of medical, educational, and social science research, over how to establish causal claims, such as the claim that a particular intervention is producing benefits, or bad effects. The fallacies underlying the concepts of causation supported by the extremists on both sides will be criticized as a way to open the path to a compromise perspective.