Assigning subjects to treatment and control groups randomly is called random assignment. Although random assignment creates a statistical expectation that the characteristics of the two groups will be the same, it has a remarkably high failure rate.
The vision for the Open-Meta app is that it will unleash the power to discover what’s real to anyone who is willing to work in the open, subject to the review of others.
It should be both useful in itself as a tool and useful for teaching best practices in reviewing and synthesizing research.
It should support the entire process of creating a systematic review and meta-analysis, from writing a project protocol based on the PRISMA-P guidelines, to uploading citations from academic databases, through stage 1 review, data extraction, and statistical analysis, to downloading graphics, tables, and bibliographies for publication.
When one of my kids was about six, a friend spent a day teaching him how to ski. At the end of the afternoon she took him to the top of a short but steep hill and assured him he could now ski down it. He looked down the hill then up at her and asked, “But why?”