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Can interactive online training make high school students more entrepreneurial? Experimental evidence from Rwanda
Last registered on June 08, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Can interactive online training make high school students more entrepreneurial? Experimental evidence from Rwanda
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007249
Initial registration date
February 24, 2021
Last updated
June 08, 2021 12:49 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Oregon State University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
PI Affiliation
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
PI Affiliation
World Bank
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2020-12-01
End date
2021-03-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Most literature on business training has focused on adult entrepreneurs, while the potential to change the entrepreneurial mindset is probably greater among adolescents. Moreover, while COVID-19 highlighted the potential for remote delivery of business training to reach new participants at low cost, little evidence exists on the efficacy of online business training. We will evaluate the Wavumbuzi High School Challenge, an online program promoting entrepreneurial mindset among secondary school students. The Challenge launched in Rwanda in January 2021 and will run for 6 weeks. Among schools with students registered to participate in the challenge, we randomly assigned schools to receive program access or to a control group. We will compare students in treatment and control schools on entrepreneurial knowledge and mindset, aspirations, and economic activity.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Lafortune, Jeanne et al. 2021. "Can interactive online training make high school students more entrepreneurial? Experimental evidence from Rwanda." AEA RCT Registry. June 08. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7249-1.1.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
We will evaluate the Wavumbuzi High School Challenge, an online program promoting entrepreneurial mindset among secondary school learners in Rwanda. This program has been implemented previously in South Africa and Kenya. The Challenge launched in Rwanda in January 2021. The program will run for 6 weeks among randomly selected secondary schools.
Intervention Start Date
2021-01-25
Intervention End Date
2021-03-07
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Economic activity
Aspirations
Entrepreneurial mindset
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Economic activity: business participation; student business club participation; employment
Aspirations: educational; economic
Entrepreneurial mindset: business knowledge; business skills; creativity; initiative; persistence; self-efficacy; locus of control; risk-taking
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design

The evaluation design is a cluster randomized control trial (RCT), with randomization at the school level. The sampling frame includes Rwandan secondary schools agreed in advance by Wavumbuzi and the Rwandan Education Board (REB). All schools in the sampling frame were invited to the program. The evaluation sample includes schools in the sampling frame with at least one student registered prior to the launch of the program in January 2021.

Schools in the evaluation sample were randomly assigned to treatment and control groups before the program launched. The unit of random assignment was the school. By agreement between the researchers and Wavumbuzi, 108 schools were assigned to the treatment group and 51 schools were randomly assigned to the control group. Treatment was stratified by district and number of registered students (1 student, 2-10 students, more than 10 students). “Misfit” schools not initially assigned due to uneven strata sizes were assigned independently across all strata, using the “wstrata” option of the “randtreat” command in Stata.

Data for the evaluation will include a baseline survey, endline survey, and administrative data on program participation.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by computer (Stata randtreat command)
Randomization Unit
school
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
159 schools
Sample size: planned number of observations
1850 students
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
51 schools control, 108 schools treatment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
MDE = 0.18 standard deviations. Assumptions: 50 control schools, 110 treatment schools; 10 students/school; ICC=.05; size=5%, power=80%
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
IRB Approval Date
2020-12-16
IRB Approval Number
200527001
Analysis Plan

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Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials
Relevant Paper(s)
REPORTS & OTHER MATERIALS