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An Evaluation of a School Attendance Program for Remote Australians
Last registered on April 27, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
An Evaluation of a School Attendance Program for Remote Australians
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001655
Initial registration date
October 17, 2016
Last updated
April 27, 2018 2:28 PM EDT
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Harvard University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Harvard University
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2016-08-01
End date
2017-09-11
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The program being evaluated is an intervention for Australians living in remote areas whose children are chronically absent from school. This study aims to estimate the effects of this program on student attendance patterns.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Goldstein, Rebecca and Michael Hiscox. 2018. "An Evaluation of a School Attendance Program for Remote Australians." AEA RCT Registry. April 27. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1655-3.0.
Former Citation
Goldstein, Rebecca and Michael Hiscox. 2018. "An Evaluation of a School Attendance Program for Remote Australians." AEA RCT Registry. April 27. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1655/history/28910.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
A truancy officer works with the family of a child who is chronically absent from school. The officer and the family form an attendance plan for the child, and if the child's chronic absenteeism continues there may be a cancellation of an income support payment associated with the care of that child.
Intervention Start Date
2016-08-01
Intervention End Date
2016-12-16
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
School attendance in the two school terms following the intervention.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Number of days absent from school in the two school terms following the intervention.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Individuals are randomly assigned to the intervention (the number of eligible students exceeded the truancy officer's capacity before the trial began).
Experimental Design Details
The local Northern Territory Department of Education sends us a list each week of children who are eligible for the intervention. We create matched pairs and instruct NT DoE about which individuals are in the treatment group. NT DoE passes this information to the truancy officers.
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer. We use non-bipartite matching to create matched pairs.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
0
Sample size: planned number of observations
100
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
50 individuals treatment and 50 individuals control.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Harvard Committee on the Use of Human Subjects
IRB Approval Date
2015-12-03
IRB Approval Number
IRB15-3388
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