A total of about 200 women, of which 80-100 previously abducted and 100-120 never abducted, will take part of the study. We aim to scale up the study and involve more women in the future, conditional on the success of this initial investigation. In collaboration with local partners, our program will unfold in three phases. Phase 1 will consist of 10 half-day workshops in which the study participants, in groups of 16-20 women, will engage in a set of incentivized behavioral games and an extensive survey. The workshop will generate important baseline data that will be compared to endline data, which we will collect in 2021, six months after the completion of Phase1, during Phase 3 of the project. Phase 2 will consist of 12 by-monthly meetings, taking place between (tentatively) September and April, in which half of the study participants (30 formerly abductees and 45 never abducted women) will be invited to set, discuss and advise peers on achievable goals aimed at bettering their mutual conditions. These meetings will happen in groups of 5 women, under the guidance of a meeting facilitator. Phase 3 will follow the same methodology as Phase 1, i.e., it will consist of 9 workshops in which all the 150 women will participate in incentivized behavioral games and a survey.
August 2022 note: We secured more funding from The World Bank, allowing us to expand the sample size to 600 women, of which 300 formerly abducted and add mental health counseling to the treatments. When we pre-registered the pilot (before the baseline survey) we were planning to implement women support groups only - given the small sample size. We have now added: 1) group mental health counseling/therapy (150 women, i.e., 30 groups of 5 women) and 2) individual mental health counseling (150 women). This in addition to the support group treatment (150 women, i.e., 30 groups of 5 women). More funding will allow us to also collect hair samples just before the RCT and at endline (provided local cultural conditions permit).