The role of information and radios on political knowledge in Sierra Leone

Last registered on March 06, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
The role of information and radios on political knowledge in Sierra Leone
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001488
Initial registration date
August 18, 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
August 18, 2016, 8:20 PM EDT

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

Last updated
March 06, 2017, 10:44 AM EST

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

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of California, Berkeley

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Stanford
PI Affiliation
J-PAL

Additional Trial Information

Status
Withdrawn
Start date
2007-01-01
End date
2013-02-28
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study intended to examine whether households in Sierra Leone that received a radio (which facilitates their access to national and international information) have greater political awareness, or different political and social attitudes.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
, , Rachel Glennerster and Edward Miguel. 2017. "The role of information and radios on political knowledge in Sierra Leone." AEA RCT Registry. March 06. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1488
Former Citation
, , Rachel Glennerster and Edward Miguel. 2017. "The role of information and radios on political knowledge in Sierra Leone." AEA RCT Registry. March 06. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1488/history/14740
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
As part of conducting the National Public Survey in 2007, the Institutional Reform and Capacity Building Project ran an intervention to improve knowledge in local government and participation by handing out radios.
Intervention Start Date
2007-01-01
Intervention End Date
2008-12-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
political knowledge, political attitudes, social attitudes
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
The results of the follow-up 2008-09 IRCBP survey was designed to evaluate the impact of better information (through radio) on political knowledge and political and social attitudes.

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Enumerated Areas were chosen based on whether they had less than 65% radio penetration. The randomization was then done on the locality level of Enumerated Areas, where half received gifts while the other half serve as controls. The gifts given were either a radio or poster. Within treatment Enumerated Areas, every other sampled household was offered a cheap wind-up radio while the others was offered a poster.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
Randomization occurred at two levels. Enumerated Areas were randomly assigned to the treatment or control group. Within treatment Enumerated Areas, every other sampled household was offered a cheap wind-up radio while the others was offered a poster.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
264 Enumerated Areas
Sample size: planned number of observations
2,634 households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Treatment Enumerated Areas: 131 (1,319 households)
Control Enumerated Areas: 133 (1,315 households)
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Study has received IRB approval. Details not available.
IRB Approval Date
Details not available
IRB Approval Number
Details not available

Post-Trial

Post Trial Information

Study Withdrawal

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
Yes
Intervention Completion Date
December 31, 2008, 12:00 +00:00
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

Program Files
No
Reports, Papers & Other Materials

Relevant Paper(s)

Reports & Other Materials