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Engaging Parents at Scale: Evidence from an Automated Text Message Experiment (Pilot)
Last registered on August 08, 2014

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Engaging Parents at Scale: Evidence from an Automated Text Message Experiment (Pilot)
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000467
Initial registration date
August 08, 2014
Last updated
August 08, 2014 5:23 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Columbia University Teachers College
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2014-03-15
End date
2014-08-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Previous research has shown that significant information asymmetries can exist between parents and their children, and parents may have misperceptions about their child's academic performance (Akabayashi, 2005; Bursztyn and Coffman 2012; Cosconati, 2009; and Weinberg, 2001). Further, several papers show providing detailed information to parents about their child's academic performance can significantly improve parental engagement and student achievement (Bergman 2013; Kraft and Dougherty, 2013; Kraft and Rogers, 2013). This project provides performance information to low-income families at scale and low cost by sending parents automated text messages directly from teacher gradebooks.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
BERGMAN, PETER. 2014. "Engaging Parents at Scale: Evidence from an Automated Text Message Experiment (Pilot)." AEA RCT Registry. August 08. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.467-1.0.
Former Citation
BERGMAN, PETER. 2014. "Engaging Parents at Scale: Evidence from an Automated Text Message Experiment (Pilot)." AEA RCT Registry. August 08. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/467/history/2338.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
This intervention provided low-grade and missing assignment alerts once per week to a randomly selected group of parents with children in grades 6-8.
Intervention Start Date
2014-03-31
Intervention End Date
2014-06-09
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Passing rates, letter grades, attendance, parent login information.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Random assignment at the individual level within a school.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization by computer.
Randomization Unit
Individual.
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1
Sample size: planned number of observations
428 indivuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
215 individuals
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
Yes
Intervention Completion Date
July 07, 2014, 12:00 AM +00:00
Is data collection complete?
Yes
Data Collection Completion Date
June 28, 2014, 12:00 AM +00:00
Final Sample Size: Number of Clusters (Unit of Randomization)
1
Was attrition correlated with treatment status?
No
Final Sample Size: Total Number of Observations
428
Final Sample Size (or Number of Clusters) by Treatment Arms
215 Treatment 213 Control
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
No
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers