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Study Overview

Title:
The Effect of Better Quality Information on School Choice in Uganda
Study ID:
RIDIE-STUDY-ID-594a089147446
Initial Registration Date:
06/21/2017
Last Update Date:
05/30/2017
Study Status:
In Development
Location(s):
Uganda
Abstract:
information plays a key part in social accountability theory which argues that transparent performance information can drive citizens to use their voice to support or challenge service providers (such as schools) to improve. We study the effect of the publication of a new ranking of the top 100 schools by the Ministry of Education in Uganda on numbers of new applications for places at schools. Using a regression discontinuity design, this research project aims to investigate the impact of this league table publication on school choice by comparing interest and enrolment in these schools before and after publication, as well as comparing against similar schools.
Categories:
Education
Additional Keywords:
value-added, information, school choice, regression discontinuity
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Principal Investigator(s)

Name of First PI:
Lee Crawfurd
Affiliation:
Ark EPG
Name of Second PI:
Sabina Morley
Affiliation:
University of Oxford

Study Sponsor

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Ark EPG
Study Sponsor Location:
United Kingdom
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Intervention

Intervention Overview

Intervention:
In 2016, the Ministry of Education in Uganda shared a new national ranking of secondary schools based on value-added scores with one of the country’s leading newspaper publications, The Daily Monitor. In September 2016, the newspaper published a league table listing the top 100 secondary schools on the front page alongside case studies and quotes from some of the featured schools.
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Multiple Treatment Arms Evaluated?
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Implementing Agency

Name of Organization:
Ministry of Education and Sports
Type of Organization:
Public Sector, e.g. Government Agency or Ministry

Program Funder

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n/a
Type of Organization:
Public Sector, e.g. Government Agency or Ministry

Intervention Timing

Intervention or Program Started at time of Registration?
Yes
Start Date:
09/07/2016
End Date:
01/30/2017
Evaluation Method

Evaluation Method Overview

Primary (or First) Evaluation Method:
Regression discontinuity
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Method Details

Details of Evaluation Approach:
We will employ a sharp regression-discontinuity design, comparing whether there is a jump at the cut-off threshold between the treatment and control groups in the outcome variable.
Outcomes (Endpoints):
The key outcomes for the study are the change in the number of applications for new places at the school, and the change in the number of new students entering the school.
Measurement:
Unit of Analysis:
The school
Hypotheses:
Main hypothesis: Positive school performance data presented via newspaper league tables influences decisions on school choice, as measured by increased applications and enrolment. The key outcome of interest here is school choice, which will be measured by the change in the number of applications and enrolment of students before and after intervention in comparison with the control group. The causal chain and mechanism: the impact of school performance data depends on how widely it is shared with school users (i.e. if the league table is actively disseminated and emphasised by school leaders as measured by question 7) and if the information is new (if schools had not appeared in Division 1 league tables previously, as measured by question 16 and 17).
Unit of Intervention or Assignment:
Schools
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Number of Individuals in Sample:
200
Size of Treatment, Control, or Comparison Subsamples:
100 treatment schools and 100 control schools.

Supplementary Files

Analysis Plan:
Pre analysis plan 290517.docx
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Outcomes Data

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The outcomes will be measured through a telephone interview with school head teachers.
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Prospective, Category 1: Data for measuring impacts have not been collected
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