Ultra Poor Graduation Pilot in Pakistan
Last registered on September 25, 2013

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Ultra Poor Graduation Pilot in Pakistan
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000048
Initial registration date
Not yet registered
Last updated
September 25, 2013 3:31 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Northwestern University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Université Catholique de Louvain
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2008-09-01
End date
2014-01-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The Ultra Poor Graduation Pilot in Pakistan is a part of the CGAP/Ford Foundation global initiative, currently being implemented in eight countries, that combines safety net programs with entrepreneurial activities to develop a graduation model for the poorest households. In September 2008, we conducted a baseline survey on 1,200 ultra-poor households in 65 villages in the coastal area of Sindh. Public lotteries were held in order to randomly select 600 households to receive the intervention. The treatment households received an intensive support package including: livelihood trainings, productive asset transfer, consumption support, savings plans, and healthcare. By investing in this multifaceted approach, the program strives to eliminate the need for long-term safety net services. A short consumption survey was carried out in September 2010, followed by a midline survey in September 2011 and an endline survey in February 2013.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Karlan, Dean and William Pariente. 2013. "Ultra Poor Graduation Pilot in Pakistan." AEA RCT Registry. September 25. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.48-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The Ultra Poor Graduation Pilot in Pakistan provided 600 treatment households in 65 villages of the coastal area of Sindh with a comprehensive support package. The households received a monthly stipend of Rs. 1000 ($12 US) for the first year to stabilize consumption. Next, households chose an asset and began livelihood training. Examples of livelihood activities include embroidery, raising livestock, fishing, and carpentry. Beneficiaries were also encouraged to save. Lady Health Visitors worked with some of the partners to provide health services to participating households.
Intervention Start Date
2008-12-01
Intervention End Date
2011-01-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Income, assets, consumption, school attendance of children, health and food security
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Eligible households for the Ultra Poor Graduation Pilot in Pakistan were identified using a Participatory Wealth Ranking (PWR), a method that engages villagers in creating an economic ranking of all households in a community. After the economic status of eligible families was verified, households were randomly assigned to either a treatment or comparison group.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Public lottery
Randomization Unit
Household
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1200 households
Sample size: planned number of observations
1200 households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
600 Treatment and 600 Control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Yale University Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2007-11-05
IRB Approval Number
0705002656
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers