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That's not true for a regression study. Often, for many readers (myself included), the explanation is impenetrable. The references for the methods refer you to textbooks that are hard to find and technical, and, usually, there's no discussion of what the results mean, other than just a surface reading of the coefficients. If you want to truly understand what's going on, you have to read the study, and read critically. Then you have to read it again, filling in the missing pieces. Then you have to look at the tables, and back to the text, then to the model. And then you still probably have to read it again.
And all this is assuming you already know something about how regression works. If you don't, you'll just have no idea.
Using an example from baseball, he advocates for transparency in research---not transparency in the sense of publicly sharing data and code, but in the sense of making research so simple that the reader can see straight to the data. No black boxes.
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Recently CGD hosted the Second Annual Birdsall House Conference on Women, which focused on beyond-aid approaches for women’s economic empowerment, with particular emphasis on private sector engagement. CGD experts have written about how international organizations and national agencies should examine and correct gender biases in the design and delivery of their strategies for financial inclusion. But while public sector interventions are crucial for promoting women’s economic empowerment, the panelists pointed out that the private sector is in many ways better equipped to provide opportunities for women to grow their businesses, investments, and incomes. Here’s our takeaway.
On Monday, Grant Shapps, the UK's Minister of State at the Department for International Development, kicked off DFID’s Energy Africa campaign at an event hosted by the Shell Foundation designed to help his team figure out how the UK government can invest its political clout and an initial £30 million ($46 million) to tackle rural energy poverty in Africa. Given solar’s limitations and these risks, how can we make sure that Energy Africa fulfils Minister Shapps’s ambitious brief?