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Digital Education Response to COVID-19 in Pakistan
Last registered on September 14, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Digital Education Response to COVID-19 in Pakistan
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006431
Initial registration date
September 11, 2020
Last updated
September 14, 2020 1:47 PM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Harvard University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Evidence for Policy Design
PI Affiliation
Harvard University
PI Affiliation
Harvard University
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2020-06-15
End date
2021-07-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We experimentally evaluate the effect of interventions offering encouragement and technological support in easing the transition to digital learning and helping to ensure that children continue to learn. Specifically, we provide free access to a student learning platform with curated digital learning content to ~1400 low cost private schools, and evaluate the extent to which an encouragement call to school-owners and offers of technology support to teachers, students, and households alleviate the barriers to adoption and utilization of digital learning. The study will evaluate the effect of these interventions on school, student, and teacher take-up and use of digital learning tools, as well as student learning outcomes and the ability of private schools to continue to operate.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Jain, Ronak et al. 2020. "Digital Education Response to COVID-19 in Pakistan ." AEA RCT Registry. September 14. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6431-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-06-30
Intervention End Date
2020-12-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
School-level, teacher and student-level take-up of the education platform and usage.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Student enrollment, teacher retention, school continuity, as well as student-level learning (such as educational satisfaction and learning).
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We randomly divide ~1400 schools in our sample equally into the control group (schools that receive free access to the platform) and the treatment group (schools that will receive free access as well as a set of support services such as offers of technology support to school-owners and teachers and students).
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in Stata.
Randomization Unit
School
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1400 schools
Sample size: planned number of observations
1400 schools
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
700 schools in the control and treatment arm.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Harvard University
IRB Approval Date
2020-04-23
IRB Approval Number
IRB20-0257