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Democratic Institutions, Human Capital, and Social Capital: Experimental Evidence on School-Based Management from Burkina Faso
Last registered on January 03, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Democratic Institutions, Human Capital, and Social Capital: Experimental Evidence on School-Based Management from Burkina Faso
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005208
Initial registration date
December 25, 2019
Last updated
January 03, 2020 5:04 PM EST
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
IDE-JETRO
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Oklahoma State University
PI Affiliation
Japan International Cooperation Agency
PI Affiliation
Japan International Cooperation Agency
PI Affiliation
Waseda University
PI Affiliation
Waseda University
PI Affiliation
Japan International Cooperation Agency
PI Affiliation
University of Tokyo
PI Affiliation
University of Tokyo
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2009-12-01
End date
2011-07-15
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We estimate the effects of school-based management (SBM) on schooling, health, social capital formation, financial inclusion, and community participation in Burkina Faso. We conduct household, student, and school panel surveys in Ganzourgou Province. Also, we undertake a large-scale RCT of SBM combined with lab-in-the-field experiments (i.e., incentivized public goods game and hypothetical dictator game) to measure social capital and other-regarding preferences.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Aida, Takeshi et al. 2020. "Democratic Institutions, Human Capital, and Social Capital: Experimental Evidence on School-Based Management from Burkina Faso." AEA RCT Registry. January 03. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5208-1.0.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Our intervention is a randomized controlled trial of a school-based management project called COGES (this acronym is derived from the French name of the project: projet d’appui COmits de Gestion dans des EcoleS primaires), which involves setting up an SBM committee in each primary school. The COGES members have a central role in setting and implementing an annual school action plan and the idea was for COGES to use input from the local community about how to improve the schools. A distinctive feature used to facilitate this process was that new COGES members would be democratically elected through secret ballot voting by the community. The newly elected COGES members had important roles including the presidency of COGES as well as members in charge of community participation, girls’ enrollment, monitoring, accounting, and auditing. In sum, this RCT-based intervention is composed of the COGES elections and the development and implementation of the action plan by COGES in addition to several types of training for stakeholders.
Intervention Start Date
2010-01-01
Intervention End Date
2011-07-15
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
social capital, school attendance, health, and financial inclusion
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Social capital is captured by the results of public goods games.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
COGES covered all elementary schools in the Ganzourgou province of Burkina Faso, and the roll-out was randomized. The randomization proceeded in two steps. In the first step, a total of 279 elementary schools in the province were divided into 30 strata within 10 educational districts (CEB) and three school types; public schools, private Islamic schools, and private Catholic schools. In the second step, schools within each stratum were randomly assigned either to first-year COGES (i.e. treatment in the first year) or to second year COGES (i.e. treatment in the second year).
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
school
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
270 schools
Sample size: planned number of observations
6750 pupils
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
135 schools control, 135 schools COGES treatment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Supporting Documents and Materials

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Documents
Document Name
a set of questionnaires
Document Type
survey_instrument
Document Description
a set of questionnaires
File
a set of questionnaires

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Uploaded At: December 25, 2019

IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
The research ethics committee at the University of Tokyo
IRB Approval Date
2015-07-13
IRB Approval Number
15-54
Analysis Plan

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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