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Impact Evaluation of a Mobile Childcare Project in Burkina Faso
Last registered on January 20, 2021


Trial Information
General Information
Impact Evaluation of a Mobile Childcare Project in Burkina Faso
Initial registration date
January 19, 2021
Last updated
January 20, 2021 9:22 AM EST

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Primary Investigator
World Bank
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
The World Bank
PI Affiliation
The World Bank
Additional Trial Information
On going
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
This study consists of a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of a “mobile creches” childcare intervention implemented through the Labor-Intensive Public Works (LIPW) component of a youth employment and skills development project in Burkina Faso. The LIPW project aims to increase access to temporary employment and skill development opportunities for out-of-school youth in 9 regions of the country. The study sample includes 2,036 female public works participants in 36 work sites, with 18 sites randomly selected to receive mobile creches and no childcare provision introduced in the remaining 18 sites. The study aims to measure the impact of the mobile creches on child development outcomes and public works participants’ employment outcomes, time use, and well-being.
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Registration Citation
Ajayi, Kehinde, Aziz Dao and Estelle Koussoube. 2021. "Impact Evaluation of a Mobile Childcare Project in Burkina Faso." AEA RCT Registry. January 20. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6811-1.0.
Experimental Details
The “mobile creches” childcare intervention is integrated in the public works project and follows participants as they move from work site to work site. The intervention includes availability of full coverage tents that offer an environment designed specifically for children aged 0-6 years, with added protection from the sun, dust, inclement weather and potential accidents, along with complementary information for parents on childcare, health, and nutrition. The creches will operate for up to four months, while the project beneficiaries participate in their public works assignments.

The creches are operated by 7 to 10 public works participants who receive a 3-day training to become “brigadieres assistantes maternelles” (BAMs) who attend to children in the creches. Interested participants at each public works site are asked to volunteer. Volunteers are screened based on a set of selection criteria, after which 10 volunteers from each site are selected for training before starting to operate the creches. BAMs receive the same compensation as other brigadiers and work the same hours but at the creches instead of working in the labor-intensive public works assigned to their peers. The maximum capacity for each mobile creche is 50 children. Satellite creches can be introduced close to the public works site to allow lactating infants to remain close to their mothers. Creches are supported by supervision visits by education and health government workers.
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Intervention End Date
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Female caregivers (public works participants):
1. Employment status
2. Income earned
3. Empowerment and decision-making power
4. Socio-emotional wellbeing
5. Time use
6. Use of childcare centers

Children of public works participants:
7. Early childhood development indicators
8. Health status

Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
36 urban public work sites in 9 regions will be randomly allocated in two groups (treatment and control), with 18 sites in each group. A mobile childcare center will be set up in each treated site, while no childcare provision will be introduced in the control sites. The site-level randomization will be stratified at the region level, using pair-wise matching to increase the similarity of the 2 treatment groups. A baseline survey will take place with approximately 60 female public works participants randomly selected to interview in each site, after screening for whether participants are the primary caregiver for any children aged 0-6. An endline survey will attempt to re-interview the full baseline sample by phone, one year after the baseline. Public works beneficiaries in both treatment and control sites will be invited to five sessions of parental education on early childhood development.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
public works site
Was the treatment clustered?
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
36 public works sites
Sample size: planned number of observations
2160 public works participants and up to two children per participant
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
18 public work sites (with approximately1080 public works participants) per treatment arm
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB Name
Health Media Lab, Washington DC
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
IRB Name
Comite D’Ethique Institutionnel pour la Recherche en Sciences de la Sante (CEIRES), Burkina Faso
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number