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Sports for development, building cognitive and non-cognitive abilities of children in a football field. An experimental study in Barranquilla, Colombia
Last registered on July 17, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Sports for development, building cognitive and non-cognitive abilities of children in a football field. An experimental study in Barranquilla, Colombia
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002305
Initial registration date
July 12, 2017
Last updated
July 17, 2017 11:33 AM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
CAF - Development Bank of Latin America
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
CAF - Development Bank of Latin America
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2015-03-01
End date
2016-06-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study aims to measure the impact of practicing football on a regular basis on the development of children's socio-emotional habilities, academic performance, well-being, and time-use. The intervention was implemented by Fútbol con Corazón, a non-governmental organization that promotes values and peaceful conflict resolutions through football practices. The study was carried out in nine training fields located in Barranquilla, Colombia. Training sessions took place twice per week, totalizing 16 hours per month. Excess demand made it possible for the authors randomly assign the available places among a population of eligible children (those aged 5 to 17 that lived near the training fields, and were currently enrolled in school) for 16 months. Randomization was done stratifying by training field and children's gender and age group. Total sample size consisted in 1649 children, which were assigned to the control or treatment group. The number of children assigned to each location depended on availability by the time of the evaluation. Additionally, a group of children were included in a waiting list in order to randomly replace children who were assigned to the treatment group and retired before the end of the period.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Brassiolo, Pablo and Pilar CAF. 2017. "Sports for development, building cognitive and non-cognitive abilities of children in a football field. An experimental study in Barranquilla, Colombia." AEA RCT Registry. July 17. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2305-1.0.
Former Citation
Brassiolo, Pablo, Pilar CAF and Pilar CAF. 2017. "Sports for development, building cognitive and non-cognitive abilities of children in a football field. An experimental study in Barranquilla, Colombia." AEA RCT Registry. July 17. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2305/history/19500.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The intervention was implemented by Fútbol con Corazón a non-governmental organization that promotes football training as a tool for development. Training sessions took place twice per week, totalizing 16 hours per month. The total sample consisted of 1649 children who were randomly assigned to either the control (701) or treatment group (948) relying on a demand based experimental design. Additionally, a group of children were included in a waiting list in order to randomly replace children who were assigned to the treatment group and retired before the end of the period. A qualitative study was also conducted to get detailed information and prioritize dimensions that would most likely have a short run impact, and also to identify the underlying mechanisms through which these impacts would operate.
Intervention Start Date
2015-03-01
Intervention End Date
2016-06-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Socio-emotional habilities: self-esteem, social skills, social stress, interpersonal skills, agression, leadership, conduct problems and gender equality.

Academic performance: math and communication

Well-being: regular difficulties, health, and daily interactions

Time-use: regular and vacation activities
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The experiment design relied on a demand based design in which a population of eligible children (those aged 5 to 17 that lived near the training field and were currently enroll in school) was randomly assigned to receive the training program for 16 months. Randomization was done stratifying by training field, and children's gender and age group.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1649 children
Sample size: planned number of observations
1649 children
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Children were randomly assigned to either treatment or control group. Additionally, a waiting list was also randomly assigned in case of desertation of children in the treatment group. The ones who were not assigned to the treatment group, were added to the control group.

701 children to control and 984 children to treatment
Bosque: 136 to control and 198 to treatment
Juan Mina: 65 to control and 65 to treatment
Minisedes: 43 to control and 52 to treatment
Nueva Colombia: 89 to control and 153 to treatment
Paz: 165 to control and 181 to treatment
Playa: 30 to control and 31 to treatment
Siape: 26 to control and 38 to treatment
Soledad: 66 to control and 105 to treatment
Villa San Pedro: 81 to control and 125 to treatment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Total sample size: 0.22 standard deviation (SD). For children aged between 8 and 12 years old the MDE is 0.23 SD and for children aged between 13 and 17 years old the MDE is 0.3 SD
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
PAP FCC.docx

MD5: c8d1ccec5c9f5c7bf19c012b87507400

SHA1: 8c17181b8d54cd6abd5e485d4354f1c0e0b35a36

Uploaded At: July 12, 2017

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, Papers & Other Materials
Relevant Paper(s)
REPORTS & OTHER MATERIALS