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Brief 69: Electoral Administration in Kenya

The authors worked with Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to develop interventions that might increase voter registration, particularly in communities that are poor, sparsely populated, and far from election offices. The study was conducted in seven of Kenya's 47 counties. Of the 3,828 polling stations within these counties, 1,674 were selected for inclusion in the study using a sampling strategy that blocked on a polling station area's level of poverty, population density and distance from the election offices.


Brief 65: Effects of A Campaign Against Vote Buying in Uganda

The authors estimate the effects of an anti-vote buying campaign carried out in the five weeks prior to the election by the Alliance for Election Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFIM)—a coalition of Ugandan civil society organizations. The anti-vote buying intervention included five elements: (1) a community visit from an NGO, (2) a leaflet drop, (3) a community meeting, (4) targeted robocalls, and (5) publicly displayed posters. The experiment took place in 918 parishes, which included 2,796 surveyed villages.


Brief 62: Evaluating Discrimination Against Women Candidates in Malawi

Three different data sources were gathered and analyzed: a citizen survey with an embedded conjoint experiment, biographical information on real candidates in one Malawian district, and focus group discussions with real candidates for local office. The primary component of the research was a survey experiment of 604 citizens from Malawi’s Kasungu district. The survey, fielded in support with a local research firm, asked each respondent to evaluate six different hypothetical candidate profiles, resulting in 3,579 total profiles evaluated.

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Brief 58: Does Bottom-Up Accountability Work? Evidence from Uganda

This study took place in 16 districts across four regions of Uganda. The sample included 376 health centers, which encompasses nearly every functioning government-run health center in the study districts. In coordination with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to measure the impact of the full ACT Health program and individual components of the program on utilization rates, treatment quality, patient satisfaction, and health outcomes, including child mortality.


Brief 56: Reporting Corruption in Nigeria: Testing the Effects of Norms & Nudges

The study was conducted in four states of the Niger Delta (Akwa Ibom, Bayela, Delta, and Rivers). Within those states, sample communities were selected based on the GPS coordinates of mobile phone towers. The study was conducted in 106 communities selected such that they were sufficiently separated to avoid spillovers. Two surveys (baseline and endline) were conducted in each community with approximately 15 randomly-selected individuals.


Brief 55: Candidate Participation in Electoral Debates--An Experimental Encouragement Design in Liberia

The partner NGO organized 129 standardized debates to elicit the policy promises of candidates for the House. The platforms were then rebroadcast by community radio stations. The debates were held across all 73 districts from mid-August to mid-September prior to the October 2017 elections for the House of Representatives. In order to induce variation in debate participation, the authors randomly varied the intensity of the invitations to all candidates in each district.