Randomized Impact Evaluation of a Graduation Program on Livelihoods in Refugee and Host Communities in Uganda

Last registered on August 03, 2021

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Trial Information

General Information

Title
Randomized Impact Evaluation of a Graduation Program on Livelihoods in Refugee and Host Communities in Uganda
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0004080
Initial registration date
May 09, 2019

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
May 14, 2019, 12:00 AM EDT

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

Last updated
August 03, 2021, 3:35 PM EDT

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

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Northwestern University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Innovations for Poverty Action
PI Affiliation
Innovations for Poverty Action
PI Affiliation
Northwestern University
PI Affiliation
Northwestern University

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2018-08-01
End date
2021-12-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The Graduating to Resilience project is a US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded pilot activity, implemented in the Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement and Kamwenge District in the Western region of Uganda by AVSI Foundation, that seeks to improve food and nutrition security and self-reliance among poor households in the refugee settlement and host communities based on the ultra-poor graduation model. In treatment villages, households are randomized into one of three variations of the program: (1) the full graduation program with consumption support, an asset transfer and individual, household-level coaching; (2) the full graduation program with consumption support, an asset transfer and group coaching and (3) the graduation program with consumption support and individual, household-level coaching, but without an asset transfer component.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Brune, Lasse et al. 2021. "Randomized Impact Evaluation of a Graduation Program on Livelihoods in Refugee and Host Communities in Uganda ." AEA RCT Registry. August 03. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.4080-3.0
Former Citation
Brune, Lasse et al. 2021. "Randomized Impact Evaluation of a Graduation Program on Livelihoods in Refugee and Host Communities in Uganda ." AEA RCT Registry. August 03. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/4080/history/97071
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The program provides 6,631 treatment households with three variations of a graduation program: (1) the full graduation program with consumption support, an asset transfer and individual, household-level coaching; (2) the full graduation program with consumption support, an asset transfer and group coaching and (3) the graduation program with consumption support and individual, household-level coaching, but without an asset transfer component.
Intervention Start Date
2019-01-01
Intervention End Date
2021-07-01

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Consumption, food security, assets, income, financial behavior (savings, borrowing), health
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The first stage of randomization assign villages into treatment (T) and control (C) villages. The second stage of randomization assigns households to one of three types of treatment arms (T1, T2, or T3) or control (C1) in the treatment villages. Households selected for interviews in the control villages are spillover controls (C2).

Participants within each village and experimental arm were randomized into groups of between 23-27 participants. Each treatment village has between four and 15 such groups, depending on the total number of households in each village.

AVSI conducted a public lottery in each village cluster to assign each participant groups to one of the three treatment arms and the control arm.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
The village level randomization was done in the office using Stata. The household level randomization was done via public lottery
Randomization Unit
Village level clusters in the first stage of randomization, individual level randomization for experimental arms within treatment villages in the second stage of randomization
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
72 village clusters in host community (36 treatment, 36 control) and 42 village clusters in host community (21 treatment, 21 control)
Sample size: planned number of observations
11,145 households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Approx 2,200 in each treatment group, within-village control group and control-village control group
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
IRB Approval Date
2018-05-31
IRB Approval Number
14649
IRB Name
Uganda Research Ethics Committee (MUREC) Mildmay Uganda
IRB Approval Date
2018-06-27
IRB Approval Number
REF 0906-2018
IRB Name
Uganda National Council for Science and Technology
IRB Approval Date
2018-07-31
IRB Approval Number
SS 4684
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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

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