Tele-mentoring and tele-counselling for mothers and children to address Covid learning loss

Last registered on January 03, 2023

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Tele-mentoring and tele-counselling for mothers and children to address Covid learning loss
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0010451
Initial registration date
November 26, 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
November 30, 2022, 4:17 PM EST

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

Last updated
January 03, 2023, 7:32 PM EST

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Monash University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Monash University
PI Affiliation
World Bank

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2023-01-01
End date
2023-08-19
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
This study aims to provide regular tele-mentoring and/or tele-counselling sessions targeting mothers in rural Bangladesh in order to increase the time and quality of parental involvement in their children’s learning activities to ameliorate the potential adverse impacts of school closure and Covid-19 on children’s outcomes.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Islam, Asad, Hai-Anh H. Dang and Liang Choon Wang. 2023. "Tele-mentoring and tele-counselling for mothers and children to address Covid learning loss." AEA RCT Registry. January 03. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.10451-1.1
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The project will offer tele-mentoring and/or tele-counselling sessions targeting mothers in order to increase the time and quality of parental involvement in their children’s learning activities to ameliorate the potential adverse impacts of school closure and Covid-19 on educational inequality. The early childhood education and development (ECED) tele-mentoring intervention aims to improve mothers’ efforts and abilities in providing early childhood education and development to their children. Similarly, the tele-counselling intervention is expected to improve mothers’ mental health and reduce their financial stress, which then translate into improvement in children’s outcomes.
Intervention Start Date
2023-01-16
Intervention End Date
2023-07-22

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Composite child's development and early learning score (e.g., child’s cognitive outcomes such as language and numeracy, and non-cognitive outcomes), composite child development index, mother's perceived stress scale, mother's depression severity scale, mother's financial self-efficacy scores, household saving index, and homeschooling spent with child
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Secondary Outcomes

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Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We aim to conduct a randomized control trial using village level cluster randomization with household/individual level data. There are three treatment groups and one control group.

Treatment group 1 will receive early childhood education and development (ECED) tele-monitoring support for the mother. This group will receive 30 minutes of tele-monitoring support from a trained volunteer once every week.

Treatment group 2 will receive tele-counselling support for the mother on mental health, livelihood improvement, and financial issues. This group will receive 30 minutes of tele-counselling support from a para counsellor once every month.

Treatment group 3 will receive a combination of ECED tele-mentoring and tele-counselling support for the mother. This group will receive 30 minutes of ECED tele-mentoring support once every week as well as 30 minutes tele-counselling support once every month.

Control group will receive no support.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization will be done by the researchers in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
Village level cluster randomization with household/individual level data
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
300 villages
Sample size: planned number of observations
4800 households (mothers and children)
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
75 villages (clusters) and 1200 households (mothers and children) control; 75 villages (clusters) and 1200 households (mothers and children) early childhood education and development (ECED) tele-mentoring support for the mother; 75 villages (clusters) and 1200 households (mothers and children) tele-counselling support for the mother; 75 villages (clusters) and 1200 households both treatments
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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