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Study Overview

Title:
Impact evaluation of the Skills Development for Employability Project in the Republic of Congo
Study ID:
RIDIE-STUDY-ID-580a7c2b9a8d3
Initial Registration Date:
10/21/2016
Last Update Date:
10/18/2016
Study Status:
Ongoing
Location(s):
Congo
Abstract:
The Skills Development for Employability Project has been launched by the Government of the Republic of Congo to address the challenge of youth unemployment in urban areas. This experiment is designed to evaluate the impact of a component of the project that offers young men and women the opportunity to enroll in six-month long vocational training courses, followed by an eighteen-month ‘support to transition’ period during which beneficiaries are provided regular assistance. One of the objectives of the projects is to encourage young women to apply for courses in non-traditional, male-dominated trades, where their earnings potential would be higher. To gain further insights into the determinants of young men and women’s occupational choices, in addition to measuring the effect of the training program, we test an intervention providing interested young women and men information on the actual earnings in different trades before they make the decision of which course to apply to.
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Education
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Principal Investigator(s)

Name of First PI:
Shubha Chakravarty
Affiliation:
World Bank
Name of Second PI:
Léa Rouanet
Affiliation:
World Bank

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Intervention

Intervention Overview

Intervention:
The beneficiaries of this intervention are vulnerable young women and men aged 17 to 30 who will have left school at least a year prior to the launch of the program, and who have completed at least primary school but have not graduated from high school. Young women and men who meet the selection criteria are invited to information sessions. Half of them (randomly selected) attend basic information sessions during which different trades for which training courses are available are presented. The second half are invited to enhanced information sessions that also cover the average earnings associated with different trades. All those who have attended an information session are given the opportunity to submit an application for training in a specific trade. After applications have been received, applicants are randomly selected. Those who win the lottery are offered admission into a six month full-time training in a specific trade. This training is free of charge. At the end of the technical training and during the following 18 months, participants benefit from regular support from the training providers: continued job search assistance, help to launch own small-scale business.
Theory of Change:
Multiple Treatment Arms Evaluated?
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Implementing Agency

Name of Organization:
World Bank
Type of Organization:
Foreign or Multilateral Aid Agency

Program Funder

Name of Organization:
World Bank
Type of Organization:
Foreign or Multilateral Aid Agency

Intervention Timing

Intervention or Program Started at time of Registration?
Yes
Start Date:
10/01/2015
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Evaluation Method

Evaluation Method Overview

Primary (or First) Evaluation Method:
Randomized control trial
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Additional Evaluation Method (If Any):
Other (specify)
Other (not Listed) Method:
Qualitative data collection

Method Details

Details of Evaluation Approach:
The experiment relies on a randomized control trial design in which participants are assigned to one of four groups: 1. Treatment group T1: Eligible applicants are offered a training program in the trade of their choice without receiving additional information on earnings by trade. 2. Treatment group T2: Eligible applicants receive additional information on earnings by trade but are not offered the training. 3. Treatment group T3: Eligible applicants are offered training in the trade of their choice and receive additional information on earnings by trade. 4. Control group C: Eligible applicants are not offered the training and do not receive the additional information . By comparing the outcomes (earnings, labor market participation) of C to (T1+T3), we will be able to identify the effect of the training on these outcomes. By comparing the choice of trainings of (C+T1) to the trainings’ choices of (T2+T4), we will be able to identify the impact of additional information on trainings on trainings’ choices. Last, by comparing the outcomes of T1 to the outcomes of T3 we will be able to identify the additional impact of receiving additional information on labor market outcomes.
Outcomes (Endpoints):
Individual outcomes: employment status and earnings of the young women and men, non-cognitive skills (including self-efficacy) and access to networks, empowerment, monitoring of the risk of harassment through specific modules. Household outcomes: households’ consumption and assets, changes in the activities of other household members (potentially due to spillover effects or the launch of a household enterprise).
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3000
Size of Treatment, Control, or Comparison Subsamples:
C: 1000. T1: 500, T2: 1000, T3: 500.

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Outcomes Data

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Individual survey at baseline, midline (12 months after baseline) and endline (24 months after baseline).
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Prospective, Category 1: Data for measuring impacts have not been collected
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