Democratic procedures during war

Last registered on September 20, 2023


Trial Information

General Information

Democratic procedures during war
Initial registration date
September 15, 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
September 20, 2023, 10:53 AM EDT

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


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Primary Investigator

University of Manchester

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Additional Trial Information

On going
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Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
This study includes an experimental design to study agreement with the continuity of democratic procedures in Ukraine in the context of war.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Onuch, Olga. 2023. "Democratic procedures during war." AEA RCT Registry. September 20.
Experimental Details


The study randomizes three groups and explores their support for democratic procedures in Ukraine based on different primes.
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Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
The first aim is to measure support for democratic procedures in Ukraine. The second aim is to measure to what extent support for democratic procedures is affected by wartime primes.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
It is expected that support for the continuity of democratic procedures during wartime could be sensitive to context information. People’s responses could vary based on social desirability; therefore, the test explores two potential directions. Firstly, if they are informed that some people believe that is fair to suspend democratic rules; secondly, if others reinforce democratic rule.

Secondary Outcomes

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Experimental Design

Experimental Design
This study utilizes phone interviews with a randomly selected group of people from Ukraine's population. The survey agency KIIS generates random cell phone numbers using a computer. KIIS then contacts the chosen phone numbers, and if an adult answers, invites them to participate in the interview. If the number is invalid or the person who answers is unable to participate, the interviewer moves on to the next number.

Participants will be randomly allocated in three parallel groups. One of those groups constitutes the control group; while the other two are the treated groups and receive a statement. The two statements will provide subtle input on social desirability associated with the intended outcome
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
KIIS follows a standard randomization software to achieve randomization of treatment.
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
2,000 respondents, all adult residents of Ukraine
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Approximately 660 respondents per arm
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
University of Manchester Ethics Committee 4
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Analysis Plan

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