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A Nudge-based Phone Intervention to Promote Parent Engagement during School Closures in Mumbai, India"
Last registered on February 11, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
A Nudge-based Phone Intervention to Promote Parent Engagement during School Closures in Mumbai, India"
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007159
Initial registration date
February 10, 2021
Last updated
February 11, 2021 11:59 AM EST
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Pennsylvania
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Pennsylvania
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2021-02-15
End date
2021-07-07
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Research suggests that spending time with a child has a direct and causal effect on children’s cognitive test scores and socioemotional development, and it is the most productive input for cognitive and socioemotional skill development. For children from low socioeconomic backgrounds in particular, efforts to promote their holistic development during adversities hinge on parent-child engagement and parental investments in children.
Using a Randomized Control Trial design, this research project will implement a phone-nudges program to spark changes in parent motivation and behavior.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Kumar, Anahita and Sharon Wolf. 2021. "A Nudge-based Phone Intervention to Promote Parent Engagement during School Closures in Mumbai, India"." AEA RCT Registry. February 11. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7159-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-03-01
Intervention End Date
2021-06-12
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Improved Parent Engagement
Improved Child Behavior Outcomes (externalized and internalized behaviors)
Improved Child Cognitive Stimulation
Improved Child Socio-emotional development
Improved Parent Expectations and Goals
Improved Child Education Engagement
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Improve Child Discipline Practices
Assess home and demographic characteristics
Assess coping during COVID-19 closures
Assess food, job, and financial insecurity
Assess Depression, Anxiety, and Stress
Assess Gender Attitudes
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Parents in Mumbai's Malvani neighborhood will participate in a phone-based nudges program to improve parent engagement in early childhood. This project is a Randomized Control Trial.

Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done by computer
Randomization Unit
Individual randomization
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
480 households
Sample size: planned number of observations
480 parents will self-report on household characteristics, miscellaneous parenting activities, and will self-report on their children's well-being.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
240
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Universtiy of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2020-11-12
IRB Approval Number
N/A