MI Pathway Pilot

Last registered on May 01, 2023


Trial Information

General Information

MI Pathway Pilot
Initial registration date
August 29, 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
August 29, 2022, 2:15 PM EDT

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

Last updated
May 01, 2023, 9:17 PM EDT

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


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Primary Investigator

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Michigan
PI Affiliation
University of Michigan
PI Affiliation
University of Illinois
PI Affiliation
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Additional Trial Information

In development
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Many states have implemented tuition assistance programs to help adults earn credentials that will improve their economic prospects. However, those seeking better employment opportunities also need help identifying the training pathways that lead to their desired careers. We have developed a low-cost intervention that synthesizes information on high-demand, high-wage jobs and local training options. This study examines the effects of providing some individuals with access to a website, MI Pathway, that contains this information.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Bartik, Alexander et al. 2023. "MI Pathway Pilot." AEA RCT Registry. May 01. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.9952-2.0
Experimental Details


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Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
The key outcomes for all individuals who expressed interest in potentially viewing the tool will include measures of course enrollment from the administrative records (e.g., enrollment, persistence, and program of study).
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary outcomes include measures of engagement with the MI Pathway site (for those who are randomly selected to receive links to the site): how much time individuals spend on the site; the actions they perform while on the site (e.g., sorting and filtering); whether they return to the site following their initial visit; and their response to a pop-up five-point Likert scale asking them how useful they find the information on the site.

We will also conduct secondary analyses examining heterogeneity for both sets of outcomes across demographic groups defined by race/ethnicity, gender, and application timing.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We will invite individuals to complete a baseline survey and randomly assign them into treatment and control groups.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
About 1,200 individuals. This will depend on the number of individuals who indicate interest in the study.
Sample size: planned number of observations
About 1,200 individuals. This will depend on the number of individuals who indicate interest in the study.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
About 600 individuals treatment and 600 individuals control. This will depend on the number of individuals who indicate interest in the study.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
University of Michigan Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
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