The study will have an online recruitment phase, where candidates will be filtered out and selected according to a pre established eligibility criteria . With this in mind, we will conduct a randomized trial at the individual level. Approximately 4,000 eligible youths will be randomly assigned into three groups: Producción y Emprendimiento Musical beneficiaries (1,200 individuals), Producción y Emprendimiento Musical + DecidoSer Campeón beneficiaries (1,200 individuals) and the control group (1,600 individuals). We will collect data from them in two moments: recruitment-baseline (only basic questions for characterization) and endline.
Recruitment and Baseline
In this stage, we will carry out an online recruitment form, where we will ask the candidates about key information to evaluate if they are eligible for the study and to perform randomization stratifying by key variables. After receiving consent to participate in the program and in the study, we will collect the initial information of the participants. We will inquire about socio demographic data, education, interest in music, digital abilities, access to electronic devices and time availability. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes.
After the recruitment-baseline data collection, IPA will conduct the randomization to assign participants to treatment or control groups. Both participants in the two treatment groups and in the control one will be contacted by IPA again for the endline. Along with implementing partners, IPA will monitor intensity of treatment.
For the endline, we plan to do either a phone or in-person survey to all participants. For this phase, IPA will hire, train, supervise and monitor a team of enumerators to conduct data collection to study participants. We will assess content knowledge and skills in topics covered through the music production and life skills curricula; 21st century skills, perceptions and stereotypes; and life plans.