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Engaging Parents at Scale: Evidence from an Automated Text Message Experiment
Last registered on July 19, 2016

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Engaging Parents at Scale: Evidence from an Automated Text Message Experiment
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001227
Initial registration date
July 19, 2016
Last updated
July 19, 2016 4:13 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Columbia University Teachers College
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2015-08-01
End date
2016-12-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Previous research has shown that significant information asymmetries can exist between parents and their children, and parents may have misperceptions about their child's academic performance (Akabayashi, 2005; Bursztyn and Coffman 2012; Cosconati, 2009; and Weinberg, 2001). Further, several papers show providing detailed information to parents about their child's academic performance can significantly improve parental engagement and student achievement (Bergman 2013; Kraft and Dougherty, 2013; Kraft and Rogers, 2013). This project provides information to low-income families at scale and low cost by sending parents automated text messages directly from teacher gradebooks. These messages contain attendance alerts, low-grade alerts, and missed-assignment alerts.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
BERGMAN, PETER. 2016. "Engaging Parents at Scale: Evidence from an Automated Text Message Experiment ." AEA RCT Registry. July 19. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1227-1.0.
Former Citation
BERGMAN, PETER. 2016. "Engaging Parents at Scale: Evidence from an Automated Text Message Experiment ." AEA RCT Registry. July 19. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1227/history/9447.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2015-10-26
Intervention End Date
2016-06-06
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
See attached.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Cluster-randomized trial. See attached.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Cluster-randomized trial.
Randomization Unit
School-by-grade.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
75
Sample size: planned number of observations
1133
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
37 treatment clusters and 38 control clusters.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Supporting Documents and Materials

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IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Teachers College, Columbia University IRB
IRB Approval Date
2015-05-12
IRB Approval Number
15-234
Analysis Plan

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Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers