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Mission-driven intrinsic motivation and performance of public workers
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March 11, 2019
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In this project, I test whether public workers, who have already selected into a job, can be motivated with the adoption of a pro-social mission by the organization. Community health workers affiliated with the District Department of Health in KP Pakistan undergo mission-development therapy sessions for three months where they are introduced to a pro-social mission of the organization and facilitated to discuss the importance of the mission for their everyday work. With the help of the design of the experiment, I separate out whether any subsequent change in the behavior of the workers is driven by an updating of own preferences or if it is primarily driven by a change in expectation of the workplace social norms. Lastly, I use a performance-based financial incentive program to benchmark the results of the mission-development therapy sessions.
Mission Development Sessions: These are participatory sessions where workers will be introduced to the mission of the organization through a video recording of the District Health Officer. Facilitators will help the workers discuss and deliberate over this mission statement, and what they thought of the mission of the organization. The sessions will be held once a month for three months. In the subsequent two months, the workers will share the experiences of their routine job and whether they felt any connection between the mission discussed in the first session and their routine jobs. These sessions will also include refresher training for the workers on different aspects of their job such as ante-natal care, diagnosis of common diseases and the importance of clean drinking water. Performance-based bonus: Workers will be provided an opportunity to earn a bonus based on their performance. The maximum possible bonus is Rs. 500 per month.
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Intervention End Date
Primary Outcomes (end points)
1- Household visits
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
A proportion of households visited variable will be constructed for each month for each worker. The variable will be constructed using a survey of households. An independent survey team asks each household whether the worker visited them during the last calendar month or not. The survey will be conducted every month for three months with ten randomly selected households in the community of each worker.
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
1- Pregnant women examined
2- Children under the age of two examined
3- Distance traveled
4- Altruism towards colleagues
5- Job Satisfaction
6- Job motivation
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
1- Pregnant women examined: Proportion and number of pregnant women constructed based on information provided in the household survey.
2- Children under the age of two examined: Proportion and number of Children under the age of two constructed based on information provided in the household survey. 3- Distance traveled: Proportion and number of pregnant women constructed based on information provided in the household survey. 4- Altruism towards colleagues
5- Job Satisfaction
6- Job motivation
2- Children under the age of two examined: Proportion and number of children based on information provided in the household survey. 3- Distance traveled: Average of distance recorded in minutes based on responses in the household survey. 4- Altruism towards colleagues: Measured as allocation of money in a dictator game
5- Job Satisfaction: Measured on a likert scale of 1-5
6- Job motivation: Measured on a likert scale of 1-5
This will be a randomized control trial where workers will be randomized in 8 treatment conditions.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization is done on a computer
Workers will be randomized into treatment, blocked by mother facility.
Was the treatment clustered?
Sample size: planned number of clusters
The final sample number will depend on funding outcomes.We have secured funds for 700 workers and applying to funding to achieve either 1048 or 1400 sample size.
Sample size: planned number of observations
Either 1400 or 1050 depending on funding.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Either 131 or 175 depending on the final funding. (except for interaction of private mission and bonus contingent on funding)
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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