Evaluating the effectiveness of goal-setting strategies for NEETs

Last registered on February 23, 2023


Trial Information

General Information

Evaluating the effectiveness of goal-setting strategies for NEETs
Initial registration date
February 17, 2023

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
February 21, 2023, 10:09 AM EST

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

Last updated
February 23, 2023, 4:35 AM EST

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


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Primary Investigator

University of Stavanger

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Stavanger
PI Affiliation
University of Stavanger

Additional Trial Information

In development
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Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Almost 10 percent of young adults in Norway are “Not in Education, Employment or Training” (NEET) (OECD 2018). In order to improve their current situation, these youth need to show self-discipline and work towards their goals, whether this goal is to enter the labor market or achieve education. We have developed an app (RØST) which is based on protocols from psychology and supports applicants for work or education. We will investigate if this app is effective in helping youth who are currently unemployed and not in school to take steps to achieve their goals.
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Registration Citation

Haaland, Venke Furre, Mari Rege and Sara Helene Ronningstad. 2023. "Evaluating the effectiveness of goal-setting strategies for NEETs." AEA RCT Registry. February 23. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.10965-2.0
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Experimental Details


This study is a part of the evaluation of the effectiveness of an app developed for NEET-youth in Norway. The current study focuses on the effectiveness of the first module on goal-setting.
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Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Goal achievement
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
See details in experimental design
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The participants in the study are NEET-youth who receive welfare benefits. 1300 youth will get an invitation to participate in the project.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Upon consenting to participate in the study, the youth will be randomized to control or treatment by the app at the individual level.
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
Not clustered
Sample size: planned number of observations
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
The minimum detectable effect size (MDES) for the sample is calculated through using Optimal Design Software (Spybrooke et al., 2001). With 383 participants and individual randomization and without adding controls, the MDES is approximately 0.29 standard deviations for 80 % power and 95% confidence interval. If we assume that control variables explain 20% of the variation in the outcome variable (R^2 = 0,2 for control variables), this is reduced to 0.26.

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

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NSD Data Protection Official for Research
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