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The Impact of Social Accountability on Service Delivery: Experimental Evidence from a Large-scale Community-driven Development Program in Uganda

Last registered on March 09, 2016

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
The Impact of Social Accountability on Service Delivery: Experimental Evidence from a Large-scale Community-driven Development Program in Uganda
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001115
Initial registration date
March 09, 2016

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
March 09, 2016, 8:38 PM EST

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

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of Connecticut

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
World Bank

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2013-01-01
End date
2016-09-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This pre-analysis plan is for an experimental intervention designed to evaluate the impact of a social accountability program on service delivery in Uganda. A fast growing body of literature shows how corruption can undermine development by generating costs for society. The Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption (TAAC) component of a large development program in northern Uganda was implemented by local NGOs under the oversight of the Inspectorate of Government (IG) and consists of both preventive and punitive anti-corruption measures. The TAAC component is innovative as it mainstreams an anti-corruption prevention intervention in a Community Driven Development (CDD) project. The impact evaluation assesses the relative effectiveness of a range of social accountability interventions being scaled up across the north of the country as part of the TAAC component. It provides a unique opportunity to assess how best to design social accountability interventions, in particular, the optimal intensity of such interventions and the role of incentives for communities to report fraud and deliver quality projects. The TAAC impact evaluation will document which (if any) social accountability model is the most cost-effective way to reduce corruption. As such, the results will provide information to the international community on how best to expand and scale-up anti-corruption activities in other national programs. The impact evaluation of the TAAC component is unique given its focus on a large-scale government-led intervention implemented in collaboration with local NGOs throughout Northern Uganda.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Fiala, Nathan and Patrick Premand. 2016. "The Impact of Social Accountability on Service Delivery: Experimental Evidence from a Large-scale Community-driven Development Program in Uganda." AEA RCT Registry. March 09. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1115
Former Citation
Fiala, Nathan, Nathan Fiala and Patrick Premand. 2016. "The Impact of Social Accountability on Service Delivery: Experimental Evidence from a Large-scale Community-driven Development Program in Uganda." AEA RCT Registry. March 09. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1115/history/47315
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
See attached pre-analysis document.
Intervention Start Date
2014-08-01
Intervention End Date
2015-09-01

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
See attached pre-analysis document.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
See attached pre-analysis document.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
See attached pre-analysis document.
Randomization Unit
See attached pre-analysis document.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
940 communities
Sample size: planned number of observations
6500 individuals and communities
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
See attached pre-analysis document.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
INNOVATIONS FOR POVERTY ACTION IRB – USA
IRB Approval Date
2015-10-01
IRB Approval Number
5752
Analysis Plan

Analysis Plan Documents

Post-Trial

Post Trial Information

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials

Relevant Paper(s)

Reports & Other Materials