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Trial Status on_going completed
Last Published June 15, 2021 12:33 PM November 26, 2021 04:02 PM
Study Withdrawn No
Intervention Completion Date October 04, 2019
Data Collection Complete Yes
Final Sample Size: Number of Clusters (Unit of Randomization) 456 women
Was attrition correlated with treatment status? No
Final Sample Size: Total Number of Observations 456 women
Final Sample Size (or Number of Clusters) by Treatment Arms 153 Storytelling for Leadership workshop, 148 Professional Development workshop, 155 cash control
Is there a restricted access data set available on request? Yes
Restricted Data Contact [email protected]
Program Files No
Data Collection Completion Date November 30, 2020
Is data available for public use? No
Building on Existing Work No
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Paper Abstract Despite growing evidence on the determinants of psychosocial wellbeing, we know comparatively little about the impacts of different types of interventions on psychosocial versus economic outcomes. We conduct a randomized control trial in Rwanda that benchmarks two programs against an unconditional cash transfer, implemented in conjunction with existing anti-poverty interventions. The first is psychologically-targeted and focuses on promoting personal agency: self-confidence, sense of value, and social status. The second program targets specific skills: goal setting, public speaking, and networking. The psychologically-targeted intervention leads to significant improvements across a range of psychosocial outcomes, but no economic gains relative to the cash transfer. By contrast, the skills-based program improves economic outcomes but not psychosocial wellbeing. Our results suggest that well-designed, low-cost programs can outperform cost-equivalent cash transfers in terms of impacts on psychosocial and economic outcomes.
Paper Citation Megan Lang, Edward Soule, and Catherine Tinsley. "Psychology, Skills, or Cash?" 2021.
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