Cash Transfers and Psychological Interventions: Impact on Female Empowerment and Intimate Partner Violence
Last registered on March 29, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Cash Transfers and Psychological Interventions: Impact on Female Empowerment and Intimate Partner Violence
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002923
Initial registration date
April 22, 2018
Last updated
March 29, 2019 5:11 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Oxford
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Oxford
PI Affiliation
University of Oxford
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2016-11-01
End date
2018-12-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We study the impact of cash transfers and a psychological video intervention, individually and in combination, on women’s empowerment and intimate partner violence. The sample includes over 3000 married women from around 170 villages in the Siaya Country in Western Kenya. In addition to evaluating the impact of the interventions, we also consider possible mechanisms for the impact.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Mahmud, Mahreen, Kate Orkin and Emma Riley. 2019. "Cash Transfers and Psychological Interventions: Impact on Female Empowerment and Intimate Partner Violence." AEA RCT Registry. March 29. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2923/history/44341
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The intervention being evaluated is registered in the AEA registry under AEARCTR-0000996 (Orkin, Garlick, Haushofer, Sedlmayr and Dercon 2018, registration details are available at https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/996).

Our trial utilizes the three types of interventions used in that trial:
- The psychologically active intervention consists of two back-to-back ten-minute aspirational videos, a facilitated goal-setting exercise, and the distribution of a reminder.
- The psychologically inactive intervention consists of two back-to-back ten-minute placebo videos, a facilitated placebo exercise, and the distribution of a reminder.
- The cash transfer intervention consists of the standard three-stage cash transfer program implemented by GiveDirectly.
Intervention Start Date
2016-11-01
Intervention End Date
2017-06-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The various outcomes will be specified in a pre-analysis plans that will be lodged before the data collection is complete and the outcomes are analyzed.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Orkin et al (2018) assign villages in the Homa Bay and Siaya counties in Western Kenya into groups which receive one of the following treatments- psychological intervention only, placebo intervention only, both cash transfers and placebo intervention and both cash transfers and psychological intervention. Treatment is clustered at the village level. Their team and Give Directly (the non profit responsible for the cash transfers) determine a set of eligibility criteria and only households which fulfill these are selected for the study. We only consider a subset of over 3000 married women from the Siaya county and collect additional data by conducting face to face surveys with these women. The survey questions are concerned with several aspects pertaining to women’s empowerment, intimate partner violence and other intermediate outcomes.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Stratified randomization by computer
Randomization Unit
Randomised at village level
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
170
Sample size: planned number of observations
~3000
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
~750 observations in each treatment arm
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Oxford University
IRB Approval Date
2017-12-06
IRB Approval Number
R54705/RE001
Analysis Plan

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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
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers