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Monitoring the Monitors
Last registered on June 05, 2016

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Monitoring the Monitors
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001329
Initial registration date
June 05, 2016
Last updated
June 05, 2016 4:33 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
UC San Diego
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2011-09-01
End date
2014-01-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This project tests whether the provision of smartphones to government inspectors increases the rate inspections of rural health facilities. At inception, the project was designed to test whether the personality traits of government personnel involved in implementing the project and the degree of local political competition and the relationship between relevant bureaucrats and politicians impacted the effectiveness of the smartphone intervention.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Callen, Michael. 2016. "Monitoring the Monitors." AEA RCT Registry. June 05. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1329-1.0.
Former Citation
Callen, Michael. 2016. "Monitoring the Monitors." AEA RCT Registry. June 05. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1329/history/8624.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The monitoring the monitors program provided health inspectors with smartphones which geostamped and timestamped inspections. Information collected during the inspection was delivered to a centralized dashboard. We manipulated the presentation of data to senior policymakers in order to test whether providing data on doctors not being present in hospitals changed the behavior of senior policymakers.
Intervention Start Date
2011-10-01
Intervention End Date
2013-10-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The rate of inspections. Whether doctors were present in clinics.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We randomly assigned half of the districts in Punjab, Province, Pakistan to start the program one year prior to the rest of the districts.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Computer
Randomization Unit
District
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
35 Districts
Sample size: planned number of observations
850 clinics
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
18 treatment districts, 17 control districts
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
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