Moving youth away from the market for crime: interventions in the Honduras Safer Municipalities Project
Last registered on August 11, 2015

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Moving youth away from the market for crime: interventions in the Honduras Safer Municipalities Project
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000803
Initial registration date
August 11, 2015
Last updated
August 11, 2015 1:50 PM EDT
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
World Bank Group
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
World Bank Group
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2016-01-01
End date
2017-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study is an experimental impact evaluation of a labor market intervention targeting at-risk youth in high-violence municipalities in Honduras. The intervention combines vocational training, soft skills training through cognitive behavioral therapy, and temporary job placements and targets two groups of at-risk youth: (i) youth currently in secondary school grades 7-9 and (ii) youth that are no longer in school and are weakly attached to the labor market. Participants in the first group will be offered a school-break internship program (November-January), while participants in the second group will be offered a more intensive training and labor insertion program lasting up to one year. An add-on mentoring scheme will be offered to a random sub-set of participants in both programs.

Using a randomized controlled study design, we will study whether the combination of vocational training, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a temporary job can prevent delinquency, promote positive behaviors, improve mental well-being, and reduce drop-out (for youth still in school) or improve post-intervention labor market outcomes (for youth no longer in school). Furthermore, individual mentors will be randomly assigned to a subset of program participants to study whether this additional component strengthens the effects observed through the main intervention and/or improves their sustainability.

This study takes places in the context of the World Bank-assisted Safer Municipalities Project, and has been developed in collaboration with the Government of Honduras. The evaluation will be carried out in purposively selected urban areas in three municipalities with homicide rates above 90 per 100,000 inhabitants.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Chioda, Laura and Marcus Holmlund. 2015. "Moving youth away from the market for crime: interventions in the Honduras Safer Municipalities Project." AEA RCT Registry. August 11. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/803/history/4963
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
This impact evaluation study is designed to identify whether increasing the opportunity cost of engaging in criminal behaviors can lead to longer-term behavior change (moving away from antisocial activities) and improved education and labor market outcomes that persist beyond the intervention. We propose to experimentally evaluate an intervention which combines technical and life skills training and cognitive behavioral therapy with temporary job placements, and targets two groups of at-risk youth: (i) youth currently in secondary school grades 7-9 and (ii) youth that are no longer in school nor strongly attached to the legal labor market. Participants from the first group will be offered a school-break internship program from November-January (“Summer” Jobs Initiative), while participants from the second group will be offered a more intensive training and labor market insertion program lasting up to one year (Temporary Jobs Initiative). An add-on mentoring scheme will be offered to a subset of participants in both programs.

Intervention Start Date
2016-03-01
Intervention End Date
2017-02-28
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Criminality and antisocial behavior; soft skills; mental health; education and labor market outcomes
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Summer Jobs Initiative: Eligible youth will be randomly assigned to one of three groups:

- T1: vocational training + cognitive behavioral therapy + internship
- T2: vocational training + cognitive behavioral therapy + internship + individual mentoring
- C: Control

Temporary Jobs Initiative: Eligible youth will be randomly assigned to one of three groups:

- T1: vocational training + cognitive behavioral therapy + temporary job
- T2: vocational training + cognitive behavioral therapy + temporary job + individual mentoring
- C: Control

Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
To be determined, but likely computer-based
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Not applicable. 900 eligible individuals will be recruited for the Summer Jobs Initiative and randomly assigned to one of the three study arms. 900 eligible individuals will be recruited for the Temporary Job Initiative and randomly assigned to one of the three study arms.
Sample size: planned number of observations
- Summer Jobs Initiative: 900; - Temporary Job Initiative: 900
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Summer Jobs Initiative:

- T1: 225 individuals
- T2: 225 individuals
- C: 450 individuals

Temporary Jobs Initiative:

- T1: 225 individuals
- T2: 225 individuals
- C: 450 individuals

Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research
IRB Approval Date
2015-08-02
IRB Approval Number
1806800
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 and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers