Uganda Freedom Greenlight Pilot Program

Last registered on October 27, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Uganda Freedom Greenlight Pilot Program
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0010086
Initial registration date
October 25, 2022

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
October 27, 2022, 3:25 PM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of California, Irvine

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
EverFree; University of California, Irvine
PI Affiliation
University of California, Irvine

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2022-10-26
End date
2023-09-30
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
With millions of people worldwide impacted by human trafficking every year, there is a strong need for high-quality interventions to support survivors in obtaining lasting freedom. The Freedom Greenlight is a case management tool that situates the survivor as the lead decision-maker in identifying their own strengths, vulnerabilities, and priorities in obtaining aftercare services. This small pilot will use a randomized control trial design to preliminarily evaluate the impact of the Freedom Greenlight on survivor well-being and reintegration as compared to current standards of care in a large-scale anti-trafficking program in Uganda. The findings from this research will be used to deepen knowledge about the most effective components of programs that support survivors of trafficking. Results will be leveraged to develop implementable tools for policymakers and practitioners that can be adopted by any aftercare program that aims to support survivors in reintegration and lasting freedom.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Matthew, Richard, Kelsey Morgan and Angela Robinson. 2022. "Uganda Freedom Greenlight Pilot Program." AEA RCT Registry. October 27. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.10086-1.0
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The Freedom Greenlight intervention is a needs assessment process and tool. Participants work with a case manager to complete their own needs assessment utilizing a visually engaging stoplight-themed interface. Human trafficking survivors rate their own strengths and vulnerabilities across 48 different indicators. At the end of the assessment, the participant views a visual summary of their own data and identifies five priority areas of their own choosing that will guide the services they receive during the six month program. The case manager reviews the selected goals alongside the survivor and makes referrals to services in accordance with the survivor’s chosen priorities. The methodology is participatory and empowering, placing agency in the hands of survivors.
Intervention Start Date
2022-10-26
Intervention End Date
2023-09-30

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Outcomes include self-reported wellbeing, income, and education level. Administrative data tracking reintegration status is also a key outcome. This is a dichotomous outcome (revictimized versus reintegrated) tracked by EverFree's staff through continued contact with past program participants.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
We are utilizing the Flourishing Index to measure components of wellbeing. Items fall within domains that include (1) happiness and life satisfaction, (2) mental and physical health, (3) meaning and purpose, (4) character and virtue, (5) close social relationships, and (6) financial and material stability. Responses can be averaged within each domain, and across all domains to create an overall index of wellbeing. The overall index measure will be our primary wellbeing outcome. We will conduct exploratory analyses using domain scores to further understand the impact and mechanisms driving any effects of the intervention.

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Case managers are randomly assigned to either the Freedom Greenlight condition or the care-as-usual condition. Each case manager delivers only one type of intervention during the program period.

Participants are randomly assigned to either the Freedom Greenlight condition or the care-as-usual condition. The participant works with a case manager who is delivering the assigned intervention.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Participants are randomly assigned to condition using a Qualtrics survey programmed to conduct randomization.
Randomization Unit
Case managers are randomly assigned to condition.

Participants are randomly assigned to condition.

These two randomization processes are independent of one another.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
50-60 participants with no clustering
Sample size: planned number of observations
50-60 participants
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
25-30 participants in the Freedom Greenlight condition; 25-30 participants in the care-as-usual condition
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Since our sample size is fixed based on the length of the study period, we conducted a sensitivity analysis to understand what effect size we can expect to detect. We utilized G*Power 3.1.9.7 to conduct an F test sensitivity analysis for ANCOVA (α = .05, Power = 0.80, Numerator df = 1, Number of groups = 2, Number of covariates = 1). With a total sample size of N=50, results indicated that our study is sufficiently powered to detect an effect of f = 0.40. With a sample size of N = 60, we are sufficiently powered to detect an effect of f = 0.37. In other words, if N = 50, we will be able to detect significant effects of the intervention when at least 16% of the total variation in the dependent variable is attributable to experimental condition. This is a large effect size according to Cohen’s (1988) guidelines. We do not expect to achieve an effect size so large. This small pilot study is meant to inform power calculations for a future full-scale RCT.
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