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Career Mentoring for Secondary Students in France (Actenses)
Last registered on March 14, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Career Mentoring for Secondary Students in France (Actenses)
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001917
Initial registration date
March 14, 2017
Last updated
March 14, 2017 1:03 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Paris School of Economics
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Sorbonne University Paris 3/ IHEAL
PI Affiliation
Paris School of Economics
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2008-01-01
End date
2013-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This report details the short and medium-term effects of Actenses, a program which aims to help French high school students learn about the job market and plan their careers by providing mentors from the professional world. This was done using a randomized controlled trial which provided mentors to certain students, whose progress was then monitored.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Behaghel, Luc, Vera Chiodi and Marc Gurgand. 2017. "Career Mentoring for Secondary Students in France (Actenses)." AEA RCT Registry. March 14. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1917-1.0.
Former Citation
Behaghel, Luc, Vera Chiodi and Marc Gurgand. 2017. "Career Mentoring for Secondary Students in France (Actenses)." AEA RCT Registry. March 14. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1917/history/14972.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2008-01-01
Intervention End Date
2013-12-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
1. Effect of treatment at the end of grade level "seconde"

(i) Desired program after graduation

(ii) Academic ambition

(iii) Professional project

(iv) Familiarity with course of study and chosen profession

(v) Motivation and self-esteem

(vi) Steps taken as planned

(vii) Desired course of study

(viii) Educational outcomes and absences


2. Effect of treatment at the end of grade level "premiere"

(i) Desired program after graduation

(ii) Academic ambition

(iii) Professional project

(iv) Familiarity with course of study and chosen profession

(v) Motivation and self-esteem

(vi) Steps taken as planned

(vii) Desired course of study

(viii) Educational outcomes and absences
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
In France, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds exhibit consistently lower levels of educational achievement and career achievement. One possible explanation for this phenomenon is that youths from these backgrounds lack access to the information and advice from parents and community members which makes such success possible. Many countries facing similar problems have considered career mentorship programs as a potential solution. Though such programs exist in France, they have not yet been studied in depth. This study evaluates the effects of Actenses, a program which provides French youths primarily from disadvantaged backgrounds with mentors from the professional world to help them learn about the job market and plan their careers.

A total of 22 schools participated in this study. Within each school, four classes were selected, of which three were assigned to the treatment group and one was left as a control. All the students in the treatment classes were assigned a mentor, while the students in the control classes were not. Administrative data and surveys were used to acquire background information on the students being mentored and eventually to measure the effects of the mentorship program.

The effects of the program were neither strong nor easy to interpret, and many effects were on the edge of statistical significance. The program seemed to gently make students either question their previous plans or come up with goals for the first time.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Done on computer
Randomization Unit
Randomization occurred at the class level
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
88 classes
Sample size: planned number of observations
2500 students
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
3/4 classes treatment

1/4 classes control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
J-PAL Europe IRB
IRB Approval Date
2009-02-01
IRB Approval Number
2009-002
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
Yes
Intervention Completion Date
December 31, 2013, 12:00 AM +00:00
Is data collection complete?
Yes
Data Collection Completion Date
December 31, 2013, 12:00 AM +00:00
Final Sample Size: Number of Clusters (Unit of Randomization)
Was attrition correlated with treatment status?
Final Sample Size: Total Number of Observations
Final Sample Size (or Number of Clusters) by Treatment Arms
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers
Abstract
(no abstract, but summary included at beginning of paper)
Citation
Luc Behaghel, Vera Chiodi, Marc Gurgand, "Evaluation de l’impact du programme de parrainage d’aide `a l’orientation de l’association Actenses"