Evaluation of the Welfare Impacts of a Livestock Transfer Program in Nepal
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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
Last updated
October 26, 2018 4:02 PM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Georgia
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Interdisciplinary Analysts
PI Affiliation
IDInsight
PI Affiliation
Kansas State University
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2014-06-01
End date
2019-12-30
Secondary IDs
USAID BASIS AMA Agreement number 201121454-16
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.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Janzen, Sarah et al. 2018. "Evaluation of the Welfare Impacts of a Livestock Transfer Program in Nepal." AEA RCT Registry. October 26. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1504/history/36286
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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
Not available
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
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
Evaluation of the welfare impacts of a livestock transfer program in Nepal midline data pre-analysis plan

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

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