In January 2009, 77 of the 160 participant tailors were randomly selected, stratified by neighborhood, to receive management consulting. Eight months after the consulting treatment began, 75 tailors were randomly selected, stratified by neighborhood and assignment to consulting treatment, to receive the cash grant treatment. In total, forty-one tailors received managerial consulting only, thirty-six received a cash grant only, thirty-six received both managerial consulting and a cash grant, and forty-five tailors received no treatment as part of the control group.
The consulting treatment was administered by four consultants from Ernst & Young and was adapted from training materials administered by Ghana's National Bureau of Small Scale Industries. Training took place at each tailor's shop over the course of a year and included lessons on record keeping, customer service, and employee management. The cash grant was 200 cedis, which was roughly twice the average amount of reported cash available for investment. Eight rounds of surveying took place from December 2008 to December 2010. Results are reported for four categories: investments, savings and loans, profitability, and measurement.