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BRIEFMay 30, 2023

COVID-19 Recovery evaluations

Tele-mentoring and tele-counselling for mothers and children to address Covid learning loss

  • Country: Bangladesh
  • Evaluation design: This RCT tests the impacts of 4 variants of tele-mentoring and/or tele-counselling sessions aiming to improve parental involvement in children's development: (i) Weekly education and developmental support over the phone for mothers; (ii) Mental health and financial tele-counselling support for the mother; (iii) Combination of treatment arms (i) and (ii); (iv) Control arm: no intervention.
  • Team: Asad Islam (Monash University), Liang Choon Wang (Monash University).


Aspire to Innovate Digital Lab Access in Bangladesh (AIDLAB)

  • Country: Bangladesh
  • Evaluation design: Schools in Bangladesh should have computer labs under the Sheikh Russel Digital Labs (SRDL) program. This RCT has 3 arms to test whether these labs can be used to recover learning losses afte the pandemic: (i) Lite treatment: offline digital learning contents +ICT training for teachers; (ii) Heavy treatment: Lite treatment +  lab classes are mandatory; (iii) Control arm: no intervention.
  • Team: Abu S. Shonchoy (Florida International University), Tomoki Fujii (Singapore Management University), Christine Ho (Singapore Management University), Rohan Ray (National University of Singapore).


The impact of cash transfers on labor force participation and children schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Evaluation design: This quasi-experimental study uses a difference-in- differences and regression discontinuity design  to assess the impact of  the goverment emergency package “Quédate en Casa” (“Stay at Home”)  on human capital investments during the pandemic.
  • Team: Xavier Gine (The World Bank), Alejandro de la Fuente (The World Bank), Hanan Jacoby (The World Bank), José Antonio Pellerano (SIUBEN, Dominican Republic).


Impact of a distress reduction and stress management skills training for female entrepreneurs in Ethiopia who are experiencing mental distress

  • Country: Ethiopia
  • Evaluation design: This RCT tests the impacts of phone-based mental health counselling for female small-business owners by lay-workers based on the World Health Organization's Doing What Matters in Times of Stress modules. 
  • Team: Naira Kalra (The World Bank), Adiam Hailemicheal (The World Bank), Medhin Selamu (Addis Ababa University), Kassahun Habtamu (Addis Ababa University).


Delivering Remote Learning in Developing Countries using a Low-tech Solution-Nepal and Pakistan

  • Country: Nepal and Pakistan
  • Evaluation design: This RCT tests the impacts of delivering educational podcasts with Math and English lessons in an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system, an automated phone system technology that allows incoming callers to access information via pre-recorded messages without having to speak to a tutor.
  • Team: Paul Glewwe (University of Minnesota), Asad Islam (Monash University), Khandker Wahedur Rahman (University of Oxford; BIGD, BRAC University), Uttam Sharma (ISER-N and IIDS), Deviram Acharya (Education Review Office/Kathmandu University), and Dilshad Ashraf (Aga Khan University Institute for Education).


Violent Discipline and Child Behavior: The Short and Mid-term Effects of a Virtual Parenting Support to Caregivers in Jamaica

  • Country: Jamaica
  • Evaluation design: This RCT tests the impacts of digital delivery (SMS, app, or virtual calls) of messages from a violence prevention program for parents of young children.
  • Team: Lelys Dinarte-Diaz (The World Bank), Helen Baker-Henningham (University of West Indies), Shawn Powers (The World Bank), Saravana Ravindran (National University of Singapore), and Manisha Shah (UCLA).


Tech-enabled tutoring for learning re-engagement and recovery for adolescents in Ukraine

  • Country: Ukraine
  • Evaluation design: This RCT tests the impact of instructional tutoring offering supplemental learning in math, Ukrainian language, and Ukrainian history and psychosocial support, for six hours a week by paid-for tutors workig for Teach for Ukraine through the Edmodo online platform.
  • Team: Renata Lemos, Lelys Dinarte-Diaz, James Gresham, Harry Patrinos, Antonella Novali (The World Bank).