Utilization of Social Services and Impact on Outcomes

Last registered on October 09, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Utilization of Social Services and Impact on Outcomes
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003375
Initial registration date
October 14, 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
October 14, 2018, 10:43 PM EDT

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

Last updated
October 09, 2020, 1:58 PM EDT

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

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Texas A&M University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Pittsburgh
PI Affiliation
Texas A&M University

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2018-10-22
End date
2022-10-22
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The goal of this study is to examine whether higher utilization of social services helps prevent/delay recidivism among ex-inmates. We partner with a social service provider for ex-inmates and randomize participants into treatments that incentivize usage of social services at various intensities. We will keep track of social service usage and incidents of re-arrest record to see how usage of these services affect recidivism.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Castillo, Marco, Sera Linardi and Ragan Petrie. 2020. "Utilization of Social Services and Impact on Outcomes." AEA RCT Registry. October 09. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3375
Former Citation
Castillo, Marco et al. 2020. "Utilization of Social Services and Impact on Outcomes." AEA RCT Registry. October 09. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3375/history/77386
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The intervention will examine whether higher utilization of social services helps prevent/delay recidivism among ex-inmates.
Intervention Start Date
2018-10-22
Intervention End Date
2022-10-22

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Arrests
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Arrests (frequency and severity) will be collected from publicly available information.

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Usage of social services
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Usage will be collected from Aftercare, frequency of visits and what services used

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Participants will be randomized into a control group or two treatments groups that provide incentives to increase usage of social services.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done by shuffling identical-looking envelopes
Randomization Unit
Randomization done at the level of the individual.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
300 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
300 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
100 individuals control, 100 individuals low usage treatment, 100 individuals in high usage treatment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
With roughly 300 individuals we are powered to detect effects of 18 percentage points (two-sided, baseline rate of recidivism in 6 months of 30%, power = 0.8)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
University of Pittsburgh IRB
IRB Approval Date
2018-08-08
IRB Approval Number
PRO17020307
IRB Name
Texas A&M University IRB
IRB Approval Date
2018-08-09
IRB Approval Number
IRB2018-0488
Analysis Plan

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