Community Training, Information, and Demand for Accountability

Last registered on December 20, 2018


Trial Information

General Information

Community Training, Information, and Demand for Accountability
Initial registration date
December 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
December 20, 2018, 9:45 PM EST

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


Primary Investigator

Harvard University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Connecticut

Additional Trial Information

On going
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
We design a field experiment to test the effect of alleviating information and collective action constraints, or alleviating both of them together, on communities' demand for accountability in the context of a large anti-corruption intervention embedded in a community driven development (CDD) program in Uganda. We focus on demand for accountability, evaluation of government performance, and voting behavior as dependent variables. The first component of the intervention aimed at alleviating collective action problems by having beneficiaries select a small group of representatives, called a social action committee, and giving them the mandate to monitor service delivery. Committee members were trained to monitor the implementation of their local development projects and to address any issues with project implementers and government officials. The second component sought to address the information problem by providing citizens with a project scorecard, including a benchmark on how their local government performed relative to others in the same district. The idea is that the benchmark will provide citizens with a signal about the performance of the actors responsible for implementing their project. Scorecards were based on data from physical audits of all projects to construct simple indicators of the quality of project implementation, as compared to other projects in the same district.
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Registration Citation

Fiala, Nathan and Pia Raffler. 2018. "Community Training, Information, and Demand for Accountability ." AEA RCT Registry. December 20.
Former Citation
Fiala, Nathan and Pia Raffler. 2018. "Community Training, Information, and Demand for Accountability ." AEA RCT Registry. December 20.
Experimental Details


Please see the preanalysis plan for details.
Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Complaints to local government, evaluation of the performance of different levels of government and the project leadership, sense of efficacy, perceived collective action potential, voting behavior, and trust in local leaders.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
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Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
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Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We use a factorial design where the dimensions are (1) social accountability training and (2) scorecard dissemination. We randomly assign 574 units to the four cells.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
In office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
574 villages
Sample size: planned number of observations
3,850 households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
144 villages per treatment cell
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Innovations for Poverty Action
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
Analysis Plan

Analysis Plan Documents

Preanalysis plan

MD5: 290126ca53d65559ea128a1c540989c4

SHA1: 88a2a70cb508f124cbd2f210a96e46fd215da69a

Uploaded At: December 14, 2018


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Program Files

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