CREB - Center for Research in Economics and Business

Institutional Capacity as an Organizational Challenge: A Field Experiment in Pakistan

Project members:
Hamna Ahmed, Lahore School of Economics
Kate Vyborny, Duke University
Simon Quinn, University of Oxford

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) and International Growth Centre (IGC) have funded this component of the project. This project is a novel field experiment with over 800 recipient community organizations across Pakistan. The research team studies whether community organizations can be incentivized to improve their performance through: (i) systematic self-assessment and reporting of defined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and (ii) A transparent non-financial rewards scheme based on these KPIs. Endline data collection for this project was commenced earlier this year but had to be halted due to the pandemic. So far, the research team has successfully collected as much as 80% of endline data pertaining to the activities and management structure of these recipient organizations. The research team is currently using this data for analysis and results. Hamna Ahmed will present main findings from this analysis in the upcoming virtual Applied Development Economics (ADE) seminar series in September, 2020. Other components of endline data collection which included detailed in-person interviews with managers of these organizations is currently on hold due to COVID. The research team plans to reassess the situation in Fall 2020 and either resume in-person data collection or move towards a phone-survey based approach for the remaining components of the endline survey.