Community Training, Information, and Demand for Accountability
Last registered on December 20, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Community Training, Information, and Demand for Accountability
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003674
Initial registration date
December 14, 2018
Last updated
December 20, 2018 9:45 PM EST
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Harvard University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Connecticut
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2013-01-01
End date
2019-06-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
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.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Fiala, Nathan and Pia Raffler. 2018. "Community Training, Information, and Demand for Accountability ." AEA RCT Registry. December 20. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3674/history/39300
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Please see the preanalysis plan for details.
Intervention Start Date
2014-06-01
Intervention End Date
2016-03-01
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)
Please see the preanalysis plan for details.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Please see the preanalysis plan for details.
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
Village
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
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)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Innovations for Poverty Action
IRB Approval Date
2015-10-01
IRB Approval Number
00006083–USA
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
Preanalysis plan

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Uploaded At: December 14, 2018

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