Co-producing field experiments in public management research: a guide to enhanced research–practice collaboration

Ulrich Thy Jensen*, Ole Helby Petersen, Christian Bøtcher Jacobsen, Jesper Asring Jessen Hansen, Spiro Maroulis

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Abstract

Field experiments have great potential for examining causes and effects in public management research. However, field experiments pose unique challenges, including developing and maintaining support from public managers and organizations. We offer a guide to the design, planning, and implementation of collaborative field experiments for scholars looking to move from initial interest to action. Focusing on five key phases of the research process, we offer, in one place, a practical guide and critical discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of co-producing field experiments with practice. Recent examples of co-produced field experiments suggest mutual benefits for public management research and practice.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Management Review (Online)
Volume26
Issue2
Pages (from-to)293-312
Number of pages20
ISSN1471-9045
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • Field experiments
  • co-production
  • practical guide
  • public management research
  • research–practice collaboration

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