Behavioral Interventions for the Complimentary Livelihood and Assessment Support Scheme (CLASS)

Last registered on November 01, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Behavioral Interventions for the Complimentary Livelihood and Assessment Support Scheme (CLASS)
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008464
Initial registration date
October 29, 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
November 01, 2021, 12:37 PM EDT

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

Locations

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
ideas42

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-11-15
End date
2022-08-31
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
ideas42 is partnering with the World Bank and Government of Ghana to introduce behavioral designs into the Complementary Livelihood and Asset Support Scheme (CLASS). The objective of CLASS is to support productive inclusion activities for extremely poor households. Under CLASS, beneficiaries are provided with life skills, microenterprise, business management and vocational skills training, as well as microenterprise coaching and mentoring. They are also given start up cash grants up to a maximum of $200 to set up their own microenterprises. CLASS beneficiaries are selected from either the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) cash transfer program, or from the Labor-Intensive Public Works (LIPW) public works program. All three programs are run as components of the Ghana Productive Safety Net Program (GPSNP), aimed at supporting the government to strengthen safety net systems and improve the productive inclusion of the poor.

ideas42 is working closely with the World Bank and the Government of Ghana to co-design behaviorally-informed interventions aimed at aiding beneficiaries in translating their intention to start and grow successful income generating activities into action. Furthermore, ideas42 will work with the Government of Ghana to implement a rigorous impact assessment of the behaviorally-informed designs with the aim of improving the effectiveness of the behavioral interventions, and informing their incorporation into the GPSNP at scale.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Aryee, Lois. 2021. "Behavioral Interventions for the Complimentary Livelihood and Assessment Support Scheme (CLASS)." AEA RCT Registry. November 01. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8464
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-11-15
Intervention End Date
2022-01-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Savings amount, savings incidence, productive investment amount, productive investment incidence, application of business principles (saving, marketing products, finding mentors, adding value to products)
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
This study will be a randomized control trial with one treatment arm and one control group. The total sample for the study is 104 communities – 52 in the treatment group, 52 in the control group. In each randomly selected community, 30 beneficiaries will be selected to participate in the evaluation (i.e. sample size of 3,120). Beneficiaries in the treatment communities will be put into groups of 30 to receive the behavioral interventions. That is, randomization will occur at the cluster level, and the package of interventions will be provided at the group level.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization will be conducted using a statistical software program called STATA
Randomization Unit
Sub-district (communities)
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
104 communities
Sample size: planned number of observations
3120 beneficiaries
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
52 treatment, 52 control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
.17 SD
IRB

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