The Causal Effects of the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) on Educational Outcomes
Last registered on February 26, 2014

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
The Causal Effects of the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) on Educational Outcomes
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000290
Initial registration date
February 26, 2014
Last updated
February 26, 2014 10:30 PM EST
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Wollongong
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Wollongong
PI Affiliation
University of Wollongong
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2014-02-28
End date
2015-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We will implement a randomized encouragement design experiment to estimate the causal effects of the PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) program on the educational outcomes of students. PASS is a free academic assistance program that utilizes peer-led group study to help students succeed.
Registration Citation
Citation
Paloyo, Alfredo, Sally Rogan and Peter Siminski. 2014. "The Causal Effects of the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) on Educational Outcomes." AEA RCT Registry. February 26. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/290/history/1142
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The intervention is eligibility to win a major prize (one of 50 $1000 gift certificates) conditional on PASS attendance, with eligibility communicated via SMS and e-mail.
Intervention Start Date
2014-03-03
Intervention End Date
2014-11-07
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Final grade, university enrollment the following year, grades the following year, attendance in tutorial classes
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
PASS is hypothesized to improve the educational outcomes of participating students as measured by the final grade (or a z-score representing the standardized grade) in the subject, university retention in the following year, and grades in the following year. We also hypothesize that PASS may either substitute for or complement other educational inputs, specifically attendance in traditional tutorial classes.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Randomized encouragement design
Experimental Design Details
The participating students will be randomized into two experimental arms, a control and a treated group. The treated group will be subject to the intervention.
Randomization Method
Group assignment is based on a computer-generated random number from a uniform distribution. Blocking is by subject, aboriginality, broad funding, and sex.
Randomization Unit
Individual–subject combinations. Some individuals will be enrolled in more than one subject; they will be randomly allocated to treatment or control for each subject in which they are enrolled.
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Not applicable
Sample size: planned number of observations
Approximately 4000. The final number will be based on actual enrollment and consent.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Approximately 2000 in the control group and 2000 in the treatment group. The final number will be based on actual enrollment, consent, and the result of the randomization process.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Statistical power is highly contingent on the strength of the first-stage relationship, i.e., the effectiveness of the incentive in inducing students to participate in the program.
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Wollongong/Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
IRB Approval Date
2013-11-21
IRB Approval Number
HE13/360
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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
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Preliminary Reports
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