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List randomization for soliciting experience of intimate partner violence: Application to the evaluation of Zambia's unconditional child grant program


Social scientists have increasingly invested in understanding how to improve data quality and measurement of sensitive topics in household surveys. We utilize the technique of list randomization to collect measures of physical intimate partner violence in an experimental impact evaluation of the Government of Zambia's Child Grant Program. The Child Grant Program is an unconditional cash transfer, which targeted female caregivers of children under the age of 5 in rural areas to receive the equivalent of US $24 as a bimonthly stipend. The implementation results show that the list randomization methodology functioned as planned, with approximately 15% of the sample identifying 12-month prevalence of physical intimate partner violence. According to this measure, after 4 years, the program had no measurable effect on partner violence. List randomization is a promising approach to incorporate sensitive measures into multitopic evaluations; however, more research is needed to improve upon methodology for application to measurement of violence.


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Publication date: 2017

Author(s): Amber Peterman, Tia Palermo, Sudhanshu Handa, David Seidenfeld

Journal: Health Economics

Language: English

Peer reviewed: YES

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Related Innocenti Project(s):

Social protection and cash transfers