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The effect of legal representation on the the wellbeing of children involved with child protective services in Chile.
Last registered on May 07, 2019

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
The effect of legal representation on the the wellbeing of children involved with child protective services in Chile.
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0004160
Initial registration date
May 06, 2019
Last updated
May 07, 2019 10:22 AM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Dirección de Presupuestos (DIPRES) - Chilean Budget Office
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Dirección de Presupuestos (DIPRES) - Chilean Budget Office
PI Affiliation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
PI Affiliation
Dirección de Presupuestos (DIPRES) - Chilean Budget Office
PI Affiliation
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2019-04-01
End date
2021-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This evaluation aims to provide evidence on the impact of having a lawyer who has a substantially lower caseload than usual, along with a case-management team including a psychologist and a social worker, on the the wellbeing of children involved with child protective services.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Cooper, Ryan et al. 2019. "The effect of legal representation on the the wellbeing of children involved with child protective services in Chile.." AEA RCT Registry. May 07. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.4160-1.0.
Former Citation
Cooper, Ryan et al. 2019. "The effect of legal representation on the the wellbeing of children involved with child protective services in Chile.." AEA RCT Registry. May 07. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/4160/history/46099.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The study is based on the national implementation of the program "Mi Abogado" in Chile. The program aims to ensure the specialized defence of children and teenagers, constructed by the lawyers that take the cases and a psychosocial duo, conformed by a psychologist and a social worker.
Intervention Start Date
2019-04-01
Intervention End Date
2019-12-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Exit from residency within one year of treatment.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
1. Time in residence.
2. Percentage of cases that are assigned by Judge to the program (process indicator).
3. Number of meetings that child has with lawyer
4. Education attendance and ranking in school.
5. Health (weight and height).
6. Criminal-justice involvement.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Under the current system the case load is of about 400 cases per curador at litem. This program guarantees a maximum load of 60 cases per lawyer that will be working with the psychosocial duo.

Because of the budget constraints the program has, it is not able to reach all the children in the system. Thus, the program will randomize the intervention between the beneficiaries, considering a prioritization of children under 6 years old and the regions in which the program must be implemented according to the Budget Law of 2019.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Ramomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
No clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
1872 children
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
632 treatments and 1240 controles.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
To estimate the minimum detectable effect (MDE) we simulate the model a thousand times using the randomized sample and historical data of exit. In 2018, there was approximately a 9% rate of child exit from residence. This is the rate of exit we use for the control group. For the treatment group, we increment the rate of exit to estimate de MDE. For a power of .88 we can detect an impact of 6% (Increasing exit from 9% to 9.54%).
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
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