Evaluation of the Welfare Impacts of a Livestock Transfer Program in Nepal

Last registered on November 23, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Evaluation of the Welfare Impacts of a Livestock Transfer Program in Nepal
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001504
Initial registration date
August 19, 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 19, 2016, 3:01 PM EDT

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

Last updated
November 23, 2022, 12:09 PM EST

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

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of Georgia

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
IDInsight
PI Affiliation
Kansas State University
PI Affiliation
Interdisciplinary Analysts

Additional Trial Information

Status
Completed
Start date
2014-06-01
End date
2019-12-30
Secondary IDs
USAID BASIS AMA Agreement number 201121454-16
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
This study is designed to evaluate the welfare impacts of Heifer International's (HI) Smallholders in Livestock Value Chain Program (SLVC) in rural Nepal using a cluster randomized controlled trial (RCT). The program targets women in poor rural communities, and provides a package of benefi ts that includes a livestock transfer (two doe goats and a shared breeding buck), technical training on improved animal management and entrepreneurship, self-help group (SHG) formation, and values-based training. Rather unique to the HI program, the values-based training encourages bene ficiaries to "pay it forward" (PIF) by sharing newly acquired technical skills and giving the first-born female o ffspring of their received goats to another individual in their community. The RCT assigned three treatments at the village level: In the first treatment
arm of our study, bene ficiaries received a full treatment (FT) package that included a livestock transfer, skills-based technical training and values-based non-technical training. In the second treatment arm, bene ficiaries received skills-based technical training and values-based
non-technical training, but not goats (NG). In the third treatment arm bene ficiaries received a livestock transfer and skills-based technical training, but not values-based non-technical training (NVT). Because encouragement to pay forward bene fits is the primary element of
the values-based training, the third treatment arm allows analysis of the PIF mechanism. To analyze the PIF mechanism, the sample includes two types of beneficiaries: those directly targeted and potential PIF beneficiaries. Data was collected in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. An initial pre-analysis plan outlined data analysis plans for the 2016 survey, while a second pre-analysis plan outlines data analysis plans for the 2017-2018 data.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Janzen, Sarah et al. 2022. "Evaluation of the Welfare Impacts of a Livestock Transfer Program in Nepal." AEA RCT Registry. November 23. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1504-4.0
Former Citation
Janzen, Sarah et al. 2022. "Evaluation of the Welfare Impacts of a Livestock Transfer Program in Nepal." AEA RCT Registry. November 23. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1504/history/162897
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
See attached pre-analysis plan.
Intervention Start Date
2014-09-01
Intervention End Date
2017-09-01

Primary Outcomes

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

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
See attached pre-analysis plan.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Private randomization using a computer (random number generator in Stata).
Randomization Unit
See attached pre-analysis plan.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
60
Sample size: planned number of observations
3000
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
See pre-analysis plan.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
See proposal.
Supporting Documents and Materials

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IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
University of Georgia
IRB Approval Date
2014-05-21
IRB Approval Number
00000928
IRB Name
University of Georgia
IRB Approval Date
2021-01-21
IRB Approval Number
00000793
Analysis Plan

Analysis Plan Documents

Evaluation of the welfare impacts of a livestock transfer program in Nepal endline pre-analysis plan

MD5: 6ad45295c7543d4627919cfd2259202e

SHA1: cd02be3ecbbef5402f9c1d061636998311f0d5a5

Uploaded At: October 26, 2018

Evaluation of the welfare impacts of a livestock transfer program in Nepal midline data pre-analysis plan

MD5: 29735e50dd4a8653a9cfb9117d44a5a5

SHA1: b9e0c477f52751bc0e2c8992ccd960206218a7b2

Uploaded At: August 19, 2016

Resilience in the midst of a pandemic: A study of a Heifer program in rural Nepal Pre-Analysis Plan

MD5: d10b388e64a99e341c9a792cabadbee6

SHA1: 6a5cf538bb7b2f2257fe84eeb7576d893b7fd08b

Uploaded At: April 29, 2021

Deviations from analysis plan (annotated in blue)

MD5: 8b5cc366c1e9c11ce4c0cfe99adafcd9

SHA1: 1034700708e6fd3edf133afe74c52ca6e35e0e5f

Uploaded At: November 23, 2022

Post-Trial

Post Trial Information

Study Withdrawal

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
Yes
Intervention Completion Date
June 01, 2017, 12:00 +00:00
Data Collection Complete
Yes
Data Collection Completion Date
August 01, 2018, 12:00 +00:00
Final Sample Size: Number of Clusters (Unit of Randomization)
50 VDCs
Was attrition correlated with treatment status?
No
Final Sample Size: Total Number of Observations
1968 households
Final Sample Size (or Number of Clusters) by Treatment Arms
12 basic+ asset + pay-it-forward, 12 basic + pay it forward, 13 basic + asset, 13 control.
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials

Relevant Paper(s)

Reports & Other Materials