An experimental RCT on remote learning in Bangladesh during covid 19 school closures has been funded by World Bank and supported by SEDP of the GoB. ARCED as a research firm has conducted multiple stages of phone survey to collect data from maximum 15000 household at pre-baseline survey to narrow down to 3000 household for other stages.
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Randomized Controlled Trial on remote learning in Bangladesh during covid 19 school closures
All the educational
intuitions have been closed from 17th march, 2020 till todayís date.
Because of the closure, almost 18 million primary and 9 million secondary
school students have been affected most greatly. Mover, students from less
educated and less wealthy have become more vulnerable who have tenuously
connection with school and study. The situation wonít be favorable for the
growth of their learning school attachment and mental health of each and every
Therefore, to minimize the loss
of school days, the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) has started broadcasting
pre-recorded classes through a designated TV channel from 29 March 2020, with
an initial plan of broadcasting 1,200 episodes for secondary students, grades
6-10, for two months. An experimental study that will explore the impact of
messaging and engagement for students to enhance the impact of TV-based
learning in Bangladesh.
Thus, The World
Bank has been wanting to run an experimental study to explore the impact of
messaging and engagement for students to enhance the impact of TV-based remote
learning in Bangladesh. To gauge the impact, ARCED has supported in conducting
a pre-baseline survey, a baseline survey, an SMS-based intervention, and an
Given the pandemic situation and ARCEDís experience from phone
surveys, has suggested that the attrition rate can be very high. Consequently,
it would be wise to make sure to consider power calculation. Alternatively,
enough replacement samples can be provided with a standard replacement protocol
that can be used to pick samples when the original list of samples is exhausted
after following the phone survey protocol.
At the time of data collection, ARCED
has conducted 10-minute CATI survey with 15,000 households in Pre-Baseline
Survey stage. During baseline survey, 40-55-minute CATI survey has been
conducted on 3000 households. Later, two-month long phone and SMS based
intervention has been going on to engage secondary students and ARCEDís has
been responsible for sending weekly phone and SMS reminders to 1200 parents and
students and also for providing phone-based quiz test with 500 students.
Lastly, at endline, 30-45-minute CATI survey with 1,500 households has been
conducted by ARCED foundation. All the surveys used were Computer Assisted
Telephonic Interviews (CATI). For
conducting all these surveys, ARCED has always developed training materials, field
protocols, and manuals for the enumerators with the close collaboration of
Principal Investigators to implement the survey and provided training through
webinars to the enumerator pool. In addition to everything.
established Stata-based High-Frequency Checks (HFC) to automatically scrutinize
data every day and generate automated data quality reports along with backchecked
surveys which could generate Stata-based automated comparison reports from
backchecking and original surveys.