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Survey Design for Sensitive Information in Organizations
Last registered on February 25, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Survey Design for Sensitive Information in Organizations
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007103
Initial registration date
February 25, 2021
Last updated
February 25, 2021 8:50 AM EST
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Ben Gurion University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Washington University
PI Affiliation
Princeton University
PI Affiliation
Columbia Business School
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2021-03-01
End date
2021-09-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This research studies how survey design affects information transmission of sensitive issues within organizations. We conduct a mobile-based survey experiment with workers at two garment factories in Bangladesh to study how survey design affects employees’ willingness to report instances of misbehavior by managers, including threats, physical harassment, sexual harassment and gender-based violence. We also aim to calculate policy-relevant statistics for this setting, including the proportion of managers that misbehave, the share of workers that experienced different types of misbehavior and the number of people that know of an instance of misbehavior.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Boudreau, Laura et al. 2021. "Survey Design for Sensitive Information in Organizations." AEA RCT Registry. February 25. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7103-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-03-01
Intervention End Date
2021-09-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The key outcome variables are: reporting of different types of labor issues, including threats, physical harassment, sexual harassment and gender-based violence.

We also aim to calculate policy-relevant statistics for this setting, including the proportion of managers that misbehave, the share of workers that experienced misbehavior and the number of workers that know of a single instance of misbehavior.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Additionally, as secondary outcomes, we study the types of deterrents to reporting sensitive issues, and the number and types of harassment cases to other workers witnessed by other team members.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We experimentally vary direct and indirect survey methods to ask sensitive questions on management misbehavior, as well as the extent to which the enumerator builds rapport or trust with the surveyed individual, and the level of identifiability of a surveyed worker through demographic questions.

In the survey, we also elicit workers’ primary deterrents to reporting, and use demographic and other less sensitive survey measures to predict their probability of being victimized.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
The randomization is done by a computer.
Randomization Unit
The unit of randomization is a worker, stratified by factory-production team, gender and type of position in the production line.
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Not applicable.
Sample size: planned number of observations
Approximately 2,000 workers.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
400 workers per treatment arm.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
University of Washington
IRB Approval Date
2020-12-22
IRB Approval Number
STUDY00010219