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Getting Girls Back in School: The Returns to Alternative Education
Initial registration date
February 22, 2019
July 15, 2020 6:12 PM EDT
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Additional Trial Information
Using an individual level randomization, we evaluate an alternative education program targeted at girls who have dropped out of secondary school in Tanzania.
Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date
Primary Outcomes (end points)
1) Engagement with mainstream education; 2) Cognitive Skills; 3) Labor market outcomes; 4) Psychosocial well-being; 5) Risky behaviors, and 6) Aspirations
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
1. Engagement with mainstream education is measured by participation in exit exams, enrollment in formal education, and enrollment in any educational programs that prepares a person for formal education.
4. Psycho-social well-being: Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale
6. Aspirations: Expectations on earning an income, expectations on age of marriage.
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
We will use an individual level randomization stratified on 25 center locations. Specifically, we created a list of interested girls in each of the 25 program center areas. These girls were then interviewed and narrowed to approximately 30 to 40 girls per center. Due to limited space in each center, only 20 girls can be selected for the program. Therefore, from this narrowed list, we randomly select 20 girls for each center.
Not all girls accepted the offer. As a result, we randomized the control sample in each 25 center, to randomly select an additional subset of girls to be offered the program.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization done in office by a computer
Was the treatment clustered?
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
651 individuals in treatment (offered program); 319 individuals in control (not offered program).
Originally, we had 500 in treatment and 470 in the control - our updated numbers reflect that a random subset of the control was offered the program after this initial selection.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
We are still in the process of going through our IRB