Behavioral Science for South Sudan's SSSNP

Last registered on November 29, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Behavioral Science for South Sudan's SSSNP
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008217
Initial registration date
September 10, 2021

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
September 12, 2021, 11:38 PM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Last updated
November 29, 2021, 4:12 AM EST

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
ideas42

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2021-10-29
End date
2021-12-22
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
ideas42 is working with the government of South Sudan, UNOPS (the implementer), and the World Bank to design and test scalable behavioral interventions that address some of the psychological barriers that SSSNP recipients face in optimal use of the funds they receive. The South Sudan Social Safety Net Project (SSSNP) aims to provide access to temporary income opportunities to selected poor and vulnerable households and strengthen safety net delivery tools in South Sudan. The team is testing light-touch, low-cost behavioral interventions that address the psychological barriers recipients face in order to help them optimally use their cash through an individually-randomized RCT.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
MacLeod, Catherine. 2021. "Behavioral Science for South Sudan's SSSNP." AEA RCT Registry. November 29. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8217
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The interventions consist of a package of activities including a goal-setting and prioritizing exercise, as well as envelopes to help recipients physically partition the cash they intend to spend on different objectives.
Intervention Start Date
2021-10-29
Intervention End Date
2021-12-19

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
-Main outcomes include:
- Whether the individual spent their last transfer in line with their priority
-How much of the last transfer was spent in line with their priority
-Increased perception of financial control
-Decreased household vulnerability
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
-Perception of financial control will be developed based on a likert scale
-Household vulnerability will be measured based on questions on food insecurity and how households dealt with emergencies.

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
This is an individually-randomized controlled trial. The sample is expected to be 900 participants.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization will occur using statistical software.
Randomization Unit
Randomization will occur at the individual level.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
900 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
900 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
N/A
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Innovations for Poverty Action IRB
IRB Approval Date
2021-10-28
IRB Approval Number
16150

Post-Trial

Post Trial Information

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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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