Behavioral Science for DRC Kinshasa CT

Last registered on August 02, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Behavioral Science for DRC Kinshasa CT
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007164
Initial registration date
February 11, 2021
Last updated
August 02, 2021, 12:06 PM EDT

Locations

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
ideas42

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-07-24
End date
2021-08-21
Secondary IDs
Abstract
ideas42 is working with the Kinshasa cash transfer team, including the DRC World Bank social protection team and the Fonds Sociale du DRC (FSRDC) with the aim to develop behavioral messages to send transfer recipients messages around the time of transfer disbursement that help them optimally spend the cash they receive. Through the program, households located in urban Kinshasa that have been identified as vulnerable will complete a SMS survey to register, after which they will receive a cash transfer of USD 25 per month for six months sent through mobile money. GDP per capita in the DRC is about USD 581 , which makes each monthly transfer about 4% of GDP per capita. The team has been developing ‘traditional’ messages to send during disbursement of the transfer to inform recipients of ways to use their cash, including messages about financial literacy and human capital. In parallel, ideas42 is working to develop a set of behavioral messages to help transfer recipients identify and follow through on spending the transfer on their priorities. During the first disbursement of the Kinshasa cash transfer program in mid-February, we intend to test the ‘traditional’ messages and the ‘behavioral’ messages to identify which set of messages is more effective at helping transfer recipients optimally spend the cash they receive.
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Registration Citation

Citation
MacLeod, Catherine. 2021. "Behavioral Science for DRC Kinshasa CT." AEA RCT Registry. August 02. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7164-2.0
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The intervention we were able to design to address the problem was limited to SMS messages, as we were limited by program constraints and the intervention had to fit into the existing program agreement and structure. In the messages, recipients are prompted to consider their priorities for how they wish to spend the cash transfer and provided with simple instructions to consider or write down a plan for how they wish to budget the transfer. Shortly after the cash is available, we also include a timely reminder message to encourage recipients to remember and follow through with spending according to their budget. In the messages, we also aim to highlight recipient’s agency and ability to change their households life through the program.
Intervention Start Date
2021-07-24
Intervention End Date
2021-08-04

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
We intend to test the following outcomes:
1. Recipient identified a priority for which they wished to spend their cash in advance of the transfer (binary: 0=no, 1=yes) (note: the priority will be identified by the recipient selecting from a list, which will then be pre-filled for additional questions about spending on that priority)
2. Recipient created a budget or plan for how to spend their cash (binary: 0=no, 1=yes)
3. Recipient followed through with spending the cash on their identified priority after receipt (binary: 0=no, 1=yes)
4. Percent of the transfer recipient reportedly spent toward their priority (numerical- between 0 and 100%)
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
This experiment is an individually-randomized RCT, where half of cash transfer recipients will receive the 'behavioral messages', and half will receive the 'traditional messages'.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Computer randomized (Stata)
Randomization Unit
Household
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
N/A
Sample size: planned number of observations
5000 households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
2500 households treatment, 2500 households control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Minimum detectable effect of 4 percentage points
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Post-Trial

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

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