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Micro-Evaluations of interventions to improve implementation of cash transfer delivery in Madhya Pradesh, India
Last registered on November 04, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Micro-Evaluations of interventions to improve implementation of cash transfer delivery in Madhya Pradesh, India
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0004974
Initial registration date
November 01, 2019
Last updated
November 04, 2019 10:21 AM EST
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Duke University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Stanford University
PI Affiliation
International Food Policy Research Institute
PI Affiliation
Duke University
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2019-09-20
End date
2020-07-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
In an attempt to improve health and nutrition outcomes among both pregnant women and lactating mothers (PW&LM) and infant children, the Government of India (GoI) launched the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) in 2017 to provide a conditional cash transfer (CCT) of Rs. 5,000 (~77 USD) to first-time PW&LM. As of February 2019, PMMVY had enrolled over 7.3 million beneficiaries, with over 13% of these enrollments in the state of Madhya Pradesh (MP). Our study conducts micro-evaluations of pilot interventions to improve program efficiency and implementation. The study will provide valuable feedback on program design to improve implementation of a policy-relevant cash transfer program targeting maternal health and nutrition.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Bunyi, Matthew et al. 2019. "Micro-Evaluations of interventions to improve implementation of cash transfer delivery in Madhya Pradesh, India ." AEA RCT Registry. November 04. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.4974-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2019-09-20
Intervention End Date
2020-02-15
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Payment times; Payment Receipt; Program awareness
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The study randomly assigns 200 villages to pilot interventions areas in a four-arm randomized controlled trial, evaluating impact of innovations aimed at improving the cash transfer implementation. The study will use household survey data and administrative data to measure impact between study arms.
Experimental Design Details
We conduct two micro-evaluations of pilot interventions implemented by the Government of Madhya Pradesh: (1) using administrative data to assess the impact of digital beneficiary enrollment on average payment times and (2) using household surveys to assess the impact of postcard reminders on beneficiary awareness of PMMVY and receipt of cash transfers. The study will provide valuable feedback on program design to improve implementation of India’s flagship cash transfer program targeting maternal health and nutrition.
Randomization Method
Randomization completed using statistical package STATA
Randomization Unit
Gram Panchayat - Indian administrative unit roughly equating to one or more villages
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
200
Sample size: planned number of observations
5000
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
50 Gram Panchayats control;
50 Gram Panchayats Treatment 1;
50 Gram Panchayats Treatment 2;
50 Gram Panchayats Treatment 1 & 2
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2019-09-17
IRB Approval Number
IRB00007107
IRB Name
Duke University Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2019-09-11
IRB Approval Number
2018-0400
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, Papers & Other Materials
Relevant Paper(s)
REPORTS & OTHER MATERIALS