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Training for Productivity: An Experimental Evaluation of Civil Service Reform in Ghana
Last registered on September 25, 2017


Trial Information
General Information
Training for Productivity: An Experimental Evaluation of Civil Service Reform in Ghana
Initial registration date
September 24, 2017
Last updated
September 25, 2017 3:15 PM EDT
Primary Investigator
University College London (UCL)
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Oxford University
PI Affiliation
World Bank
Additional Trial Information
In development
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
The Training for Productivity (TFP) project aims to improve the Ghanaian Civil Service’s capacity by designing, implementing and evaluating novel individual and group-based training methods for bureaucrats. The training programs will be experimentally implemented as part of a standard package of training sessions coordinated by the Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS) and the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) of Ghana. The project findings will feed directly into the work of the OHCS, which requested the project and with whom we are working closely. As the trainings are being delivered by Civil Service personnel and through existing training systems, the research findings will have external validity and it will be straightforward to scale-up and sustain them.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Rasul, Imran, Daniel Rogger and Martin Williams. 2017. "Training for Productivity: An Experimental Evaluation of Civil Service Reform in Ghana." AEA RCT Registry. September 25. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1889-1.0.
Former Citation
Rasul, Imran et al. 2017. "Training for Productivity: An Experimental Evaluation of Civil Service Reform in Ghana." AEA RCT Registry. September 25. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1889/history/21782.
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Experimental Details
We will support the implementation of the training programme and conduct an evaluation of the training, based on administrative data collected by the government and survey data collected by us. We have helped design the training, based on our baseline survey data collected from Ghanaian civil servants, and qualitative work in the field.
Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Preferences and performance measures of bureaucrats and their organizations.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Outcomes will be collected from a combination of survey questions. e.g. Perry Public Service Motivation, and administrative data (e.g. initiation and completion rates for divisional projects).
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The training consists of two treatment arms, with a 2x2 design: 1) a training at Civil Service Training Centre, with 20-30 other peers from around the civil service; 2) a follow-up training delivered to all members of a particular division.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Individuals and divisions will be the units assigned to the two dimensions of treatment.
Was the treatment clustered?
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Individual and division level randomization: there are 2500 civil servants in service, who are employed in around 200 divisions.
Sample size: planned number of observations
Around 2500 civil servants.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Some treatments at individuals level, others clustered by division.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB Name
BSG, Oxford University
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number