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Haqdarshak: Leveraging Technology to Promote Citizen Access to the State
Last registered on July 03, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Haqdarshak: Leveraging Technology to Promote Citizen Access to the State
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003114
Initial registration date
June 29, 2018
Last updated
July 03, 2018 8:03 PM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
MIT
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Harvard
PI Affiliation
Berkeley
PI Affiliation
World Bank
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2018-02-21
End date
2020-01-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
While the Indian government administers many welfare programs for the poor, program coverage is often low as eligible households lack the knowledge and the means to navigate the complex and costly application processes. In this evaluation, we investigate the potential of leveraging technology and private-public partnerships to improve access to state goods and services. Our interventions will build on an existing model called Haqdarshak, which comprises of paid door-to-door services offered by a community level facilitator to citizens to inform them of the programs they are eligible for and help them apply for these programs. We will offer this services to 10,000 vulnerable households in rural villages of Rajasthan.

In particular, we will randomize (1) the price of the services, (2) messages warning against the provision of false information in screening and application and (3) facilitator type. Key research questions of the study include: whether a non-state, private actor can play a sustainable role in promoting awareness of and access to government programs; how do citizens engage with this type of intermediary and what is the demand for the different types of services offered; and does the magnitude and composition of beneficiaries change using this model by bringing more vulnerable groups into state systems.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Bussell, Jennifer et al. 2018. "Haqdarshak: Leveraging Technology to Promote Citizen Access to the State." AEA RCT Registry. July 03. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3114-1.0.
Former Citation
Bussell, Jennifer et al. 2018. "Haqdarshak: Leveraging Technology to Promote Citizen Access to the State." AEA RCT Registry. July 03. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3114/history/31457.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2018-07-02
Intervention End Date
2018-12-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Take-up for screening service; take-up for assistance to apply to different programs; heterogeneous by income level
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Process in applying for each program, e.g. difficulty of forms, wait times, number of government visits, quality of interactions with state actors, other intermediaries use, etc; ultimate receipt of programs
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We will randomly vary the price for screening and take-up services.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done within the mobile application
Randomization Unit
Household
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
10,850 households
Sample size: planned number of observations
10,850 households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
- For the screening experiment: 3332 full subsidy, 3334 half subsidy, 3334 no subsidy
- For the assistance experiment: 333 no subsidy, 333 half subsidy, 333 full subsidy. This sample is derived from the screening experiment sample and may change based on takeup rates.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
MIT Committee on the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects (COUHES)
IRB Approval Date
2017-12-05
IRB Approval Number
1711142486