Assessing the impact of a psychological empowerment programme to Women's Self-help Groups

Last registered on June 18, 2022


Trial Information

General Information

Assessing the impact of a psychological empowerment programme to Women's Self-help Groups
Initial registration date
June 16, 2022

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
June 18, 2022, 10:24 AM EDT

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



Primary Investigator

King's College London

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Glasgow
PI Affiliation
University of Oxford
PI Affiliation
Indian Statistical Institute

Additional Trial Information

On going
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Self-help Groups (SHGs), that typically organize poor, low-educated and low-skilled women in India, can play a key role in improving quality of life among poor communities. Women, especially in rural and peri-urban areas, are often encouraged by state governments to form SHGs, and set up/run micro-enterprises. Typically, state governments provide training to SHGs on elementary skill building, including basic accounting, budgeting etc., but these are often rather basic and have been shown to be ineffective in delivering profitable business outcomes for women (McKenzie and Woodruff, 2014), many of whom are both poor and socially disadvantaged. We argue that a key component of training missing from the current government-led SHG training programmes is psychological empowerment of the SHG members. Improving psychological capabilities of these women micro-entrepreneurs by helping them to build individual and collective agency, self-confidence, aspirations etc. can be of first order importance to run a successful business within a societal context like India, where women face multiple constraints in terms of conservative norms etc that restrict their participation outside home.

In this research project, we propose to test the efficacy of embedding a psychological empowerment module within the existing SHG training package offered by the government on female business and related outcomes.
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Registration Citation

Ghosal, Sayantan et al. 2022. "Assessing the impact of a psychological empowerment programme to Women's Self-help Groups." AEA RCT Registry. June 18.
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Experimental Details


Providing psychological empowerment training workshop, which will focus on individual and collective agency and aspiration building, to Self-help Group members
Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Take up of high value economic activity/business;
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
We will be offering a menu of economic activities/business opportunities (including high value ones) to our sample SHGs and observe take up as an objective outcome.

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
individual aspirations, collective (group) aspiration, self confidence, locus of control
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
We will be looking at self-reported outcomes like aspirations, self confidence, locus of control etc., in order to understand the underlying mechanisms driving the impact of the training program on take up of high value business activities at the group level.

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We are working with 72 SHGs in collaboration with the State Cooperative Bank. Half of these SHGs will be exposed to a psychological empowerment training, focused on individual and collective agency and aspiration building.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Self-help group
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
72 Self-help groups
Sample size: planned number of observations
720 group members (individuals)
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
36 treatment and 36 control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
King's College London Research Ethics Board
IRB Approval Date
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Is the intervention completed?
Data Collection Complete
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