Framing of Cash Grants
Last registered on January 13, 2014


Trial Information
General Information
Framing of Cash Grants
Initial registration date
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Last updated
January 13, 2014 11:11 AM EST
Primary Investigator
Northwestern University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Ottawa
PI Affiliation
University of Michigan
PI Affiliation
University of Maryland
Additional Trial Information
On going
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Secondary IDs
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), in collaboration with The Aids Support Organization (TASO), will be testing the efficacy of different strategies for delivering unconditional cash grants to needy recipients in rural Uganda. Our goal is to learn more about the types of delivery methods that will yield the best results for beneficiaries. IPA and TASO will run a randomized controlled trial in 4 districts that are served by two TASO centers in Uganda. Two thousand individuals from the eligible centers will be randomly assigned to one of three treatment arms or the comparison group. The treatment arms differ in the timing of the delivery of the grant and the intensity of planning and guidance that accompanies the grant.The baseline survey for the first site was conducted in July 2013 and the survey for the second site is scheduled for November 2013.The endline survey for this study will be conducted in November-December 2014.

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Registration Citation
Adhvaryu, Achyuta et al. 2014. "Framing of Cash Grants." AEA RCT Registry. January 13.
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Experimental Details
The 'Framing of Cash Grants' study aims to test three variations of a cash grant intervention provided to people living with HIV/AIDS. The treatment arms differ in the timing of the delivery of the grant and the intensity of planning and guidance that accompanies the grant. Individuals are randomly assigned to one of four groups- three treatment arms and a comparison group. Each group consists of 500 individuals. The first group will receive a cash grants worth approximately 140 dollars with no accompanying instructions on how the money should be spent. The second group will receive a cash grant of the same value as group 1 and will also be given mental planning instruction. The mental planning exercise includes two 45-minute one-on-one sessions with a TASO counselor to discuss the optimal ways of spending the grant for each individual. The counselor records how the beneficiary will prioritize his/her spending, discusses the various challenges/temptations that they may face and provides information on savings. The third group will receive a delayed cash grant. This group is told that they will receive the cash grant after one year.

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Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Household income and expenditures, savings and asset accumulation, quality of life, viral load and immune system status, healthcare interruption and retention
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
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Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The study sample consists of 2000 active TASO clients that receive antiretroviral medications in eligible project areas. Individuals in the sample are randomly assigned to one of four groups: (i) Cash grants (T1), (ii) Cash grants + Mental Planning (T2), (iii) Delayed Cash grants- delivered after one year (T3), (iv) Comparison group

Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
2000 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
2000 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Five hundred eligible TASO members in each one of the four groups:
500 individuals in Treatment 1- Cash grants
500 individuals in Treatment 2- Cash grants + Mental Planning
500 individuals in Treatment 3- Delayed Cash grants
500 individuals in Control group
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB Name
Innovations for Poverty Action IRB - USA
IRB Approval Date
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IRB Name
University of Ottawa, Office of Research Ethics and Integrity
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Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
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Data Publication
Data Publication
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