Transfer Modality Research Initiative - Bangladesh
Last registered on March 18, 2014

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Transfer Modality Research Initiative - Bangladesh
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000247
Initial registration date
March 18, 2014
Last updated
March 18, 2014 5:19 PM EDT
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Cornell University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
International Food Policy Research Institute
PI Affiliation
International Food Policy Research Institute
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2012-04-15
End date
2016-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This research will assess the impact of cash transfers, food transfers and nutrition behavior communication change on children's nutritional status, household food security, women's empowerment, income generation, and asset accumulation. It will also assess informational spillovers to non-participants.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Ahmed, Akhter, John Hoddinott and Shalini Roy. 2014. "Transfer Modality Research Initiative - Bangladesh." AEA RCT Registry. March 18. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/247/history/1338
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
This is a randomized control trial in two zones of Bangladesh (north and south). Treatment is assigned at the village level where treatments are: cash transfers (north and south); cash transfers + nutrition behavior communication change (north only); food transfers (north and south); food transfers + nutrition behavior communication change (south only); food-cash split (north and south); and controls (north and south). Within treatment localities, women living in very poor households are targeted to receive benefits for two years.
Intervention Start Date
2012-06-15
Intervention End Date
2014-06-15
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Child anthropometric status
Child food intake
Child health

Distribution of food intake within the household
Household food security (diet quantity and quality)
Household consumption

Household income
Asset accumulation

Women's empowerment

Information spillovers to non-beneficiaries
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The objective of this study is to assess the comparative impacts of cash and food transfers, with and without nutrition behavior communication change on child's nutritional status and the wellbeing of their mothers and the households in which they live. Villages are randomly assigned to receive different treatments (cash, food etc) with poor households within these villages selected to receive benefits. There was a quantitative baseline survey fielded prior to the intervention commencing, a midline survey and an endline just before the intervention ends. Qualitative fieldwork is also being carried out
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Village
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
500 villages
Sample size: planned number of observations
5000 households at baseline
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
randomized control trial with 500 clusters and 5000 households at baseline (10 per cluster)

100 treatment clusters where cash is distributed
100 treatment clusters where food is distributed
100 treatment clusters where both food and cash are distributed
50 treatment clusters where cash is distributed + nutrition BCC
50 treatment clusters where food is distributed + nutrition BCC
100 control clusters
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Study has received IRB approval. Details not available.
IRB Approval Date
Details not available
IRB Approval Number
Details not available
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