Skills Training for Youth

Last registered on December 13, 2022


Trial Information

General Information

Skills Training for Youth
Initial registration date
December 07, 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
December 13, 2022, 11:11 PM EST

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



Primary Investigator

University of Minnesota

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Connecticut

Additional Trial Information

On going
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
We evaluate the impact of Save the Children’s Skills to Succeed (S2S) program on youth (ages 15-24) who have dropped out of school. This pre-analysis plan outlines the hypotheses to be tested and specifications to be used in the analysis of the impact of the S2S program in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. This plan was completed before conducting any analysis using the endline data and can thus serve as a useful reference in evaluating the results of the study.

In this pre-analysis plan, we specify the hypotheses to be tested and specifications to be used for analysis of the in-person endline survey. This survey will take place in Dhaka between July and September 2022. Using this endline survey data, we estimate the effect of the S2S program on the participants’ labor market outcomes, sense of agency, motivation and transferable life skills, among others. The randomization structure of the program treatment allows us to causally identify these effects. In addition to these direct effects, the study examines potential wider labor market effects, and spillovers within the participants’ households. The study also incorporates a component meant to promote gender parity meant to improve gender equality in the workforce.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Fiala, Nathan and Conor Hughes. 2022. "Skills Training for Youth." AEA RCT Registry. December 13.
Experimental Details


Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Employment, income, gender attitudes.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The study sample consists of individuals that were identified as being between the ages of 15 and 24, who had dropped out of school, and living in the Dhaka slums. Treatment participants were from the 9th and 10th cohorts of the S2S program. 1,350 youth were trained in employability skills through S2S (696 male; 654 female), and 1,960 were trained in vocational skills (1,498 male; 968 female). Additionally, 592 students (304 male; 288 female) and 300 parents (61 male; 239 female) received the additional gender intervention. We aim to reach 489 youth to act as a control.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Done in office by computer.
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
0 clusters.
Sample size: planned number of observations
3799 youth.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
489 control, 1350 receive employability training, 1960 receive vocational training, additionally 892 receive gender intervention.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Supporting Documents and Materials


Document Name
Pre-Analysis Plan S2S Bangladesh
Document Type
Document Description
Pre-Analysis Plan S2S Bangladesh

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Uploaded At: December 07, 2022


Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Baseline Survey for the Save the Children Skills to Succeed (S2S) Program Impact Evaluation
IRB Approval Date
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