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

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
April 23, 2018, 8:16 PM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Last updated
March 29, 2019, 5:11 PM EDT

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of Exeter

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://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2923
Former 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
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Post-Trial

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials

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Reports & Other Materials