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Disconnected and Uninformed: Dissecting and Dismantling India’s Gender Gap in Political Participation
Last registered on August 27, 2016

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Disconnected and Uninformed: Dissecting and Dismantling India’s Gender Gap in Political Participation
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001552
Initial registration date
August 27, 2016
Last updated
August 27, 2016 9:04 AM EDT
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Oxford University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2016-04-20
End date
2018-08-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Given the persistent gender gap in political participation in India despite several decades of targeted policy interventions, I propose to evaluate a new mechanism aimed at increasing women’s political participation. The proposed RCT – which draws upon significant pilot work – evaluates (1) the role of political information and exposure and (2) integration in social networks in mobilizing women politically and reducing the gender gap in political participation. Through a gender and politics training intervention with the NGO PRADAN, women will receive information about the political system and their rights and entitlements within this system and will be directly exposed to existing political institutions, with the aim of reducing informational barriers to political participation. The RCT further tests the necessity of social networks for women’s political participation and the ability for the gender and politics training to activate existing social networks and further generate political engagement.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Prillaman, Soledad. 2016. "Disconnected and Uninformed: Dissecting and Dismantling India’s Gender Gap in Political Participation." AEA RCT Registry. August 27. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1552-1.0.
Former Citation
Prillaman, Soledad. 2016. "Disconnected and Uninformed: Dissecting and Dismantling India’s Gender Gap in Political Participation." AEA RCT Registry. August 27. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1552/history/10427.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2016-08-01
Intervention End Date
2018-05-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Individual-Level Outcomes:
 Direct political participation (Voting; Attendance at Gram Sabha meeting; Attend rally or party meeting; Contacted Sarpanch/Janpad; Filed application for government service; Claimed government bene fit; Run for election/ held office)
 Interest in politics (Stated interest; Frequency of discussion about politics)
 Political Efficacy (Comfort speaking up in community; Believe government is responsive to demands; Believe opinion matters)
 Policy Preferences
 Trust in government
 Non-political Empowerment (Household decision-making dynamics; Domestic violence; Self-ecacy and well-being; Labor market status; Income and consumption; Desires for daughters (marriage, education, children))

GP-Level Outcomes:
Attendance at Gram Sabha
Gram Sabha meeting minutes (who spoke up)
Number/Type of applications led to Sarpanch/Janpad
Voter Turnout
Vote Share by Party
Elected office and committee composition
NREGA registration
Number of domestic violence cases fi led in court
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The treatment will provide women with exposure to the political system through a series of gender and politics trainings and events, which will provide information about the political process, the rights and entitlements of citizenship, and the under-representation of women in politics and will expose women to the state through visits during training to political institutions. This treatment will be randomly assigned across villages within Pradan's catchment areas.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office using R script
Randomization Unit
Villages
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
225 villages
Sample size: planned number of observations
3,375 women
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
75 villages control, 150 villages treated
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
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