Returns to Soft-Skills Training for Recent Graduates in Rwanda

Last registered on September 13, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Returns to Soft-Skills Training for Recent Graduates in Rwanda
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007588
Initial registration date
April 26, 2021
Last updated
September 13, 2021, 8:02 AM EDT

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
World Bank

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
World Bank

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2021-03-01
End date
2022-12-31
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
This project studies whether soft-skills training can make graduates more employable and improve their labor market outcomes. The project evaluates the effects of the soft-skills training on targeted soft skills and labor market outcomes for recent university and TVET graduates in Rwanda.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Brudevold Newman, Andrew and DIEGO UBFAL. 2021. "Returns to Soft-Skills Training for Recent Graduates in Rwanda." AEA RCT Registry. September 13. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7588-1.1
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Training focused on communication skills that are relevant for work and career readiness (covering interpersonal skills: listening, empathy, expresiveness, interpersonal relatedness and influence), networking (covering negotiation and collaboration) and intrapersonal skills (personal initiative, perseverance, self-control, emotional regulation and problem solving)
The course will be taught over 2 weeks, 8 hours a day. Participants will be offered transport support, accommodation on campus, childcare facilities and subsistence fees.
Intervention Start Date
2021-04-26
Intervention End Date
2021-05-17

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Labor Outcomes (employment, formal jobs, earnings)
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Soft Skills (interpersonal and intrapersonal skills)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Recent graduates from TVET or University complete an online registration form. They then complete a more detailed baseline survey and a soft-skills assessment.
A random sample of around 1,000 participants with successful registration and baseline survey will be invited to attend in-person public lotteries at 3 sites. The goal is to obtain a final sample of 900 study participants. Half of them will be offered to attend the training.

Randomization will be public and stratified by gender and 3 registration sites. At each site, there will be more than one public lottery in different rooms to guarantee COVID-19 safety measures.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Public Lottery.
Randomization Unit
900 individuals
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
900 individuals, 50% women
Sample size: planned number of observations
900 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
450 assigned to training, 450 control group.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Rwanda National Ethics Committee
IRB Approval Date
2021-02-09
IRB Approval Number
034/RNEC/2021