Building State Capacity and National Unity with Market Design 2019
The Problem of Assignment in Kenya’s G-United Program
This project examines a Kenyan government program, G-United, which places university graduates in primary schools around the country with the goals of boosting national unity and improving student learning. One part of the project examines the effect of the program on national unity objectives, including applicants’ and participating communities’ inter-tribal prejudice. Another examines the impact of market-design inspired strategies for assigning participants to positions on applicant retention, satisfaction, and performance as well as on increasing commitment and improving productivity.
Unit of Analysis
Community-level questionnaires with units of analysis being individuals (G-united participants, local community members, teachers, school students)
Version 2.1: Edited, anonymous dataset for public distribution.
The original dataset has been edited to remove identifiers. Variable labels have been added and renamed wherever necessary. Other data quality checks have been done to remove duplicates etc.
The scope of the study includes the following themes:
Individuals (G-United volunteers and community members): Employment characteristics, education, national unity measures, hygiene, impact due to COVID-19.
Children: Educational aspirations, national unity and inter-ethnic trust, learning assessment
School teachers: School characteristics, national unity, volunteer contact module
Questionnaires - Endline:
Pupil survey (in-person survey with students of grades 2 and 3 in sample schools)
Head teacher survey (in-person survey with head teachers in sample schools)
Homestay owner survey (in-person survey with homestay owners where G-United volunteers lived)
GU VGA Phone Survey Nov 2020 (Follow up Phone Survey with G-United volunteers in Oct-Nov 2020)
GU VGA Phone Survey Aug 2020 (Follow up Phone Survey with G-United volunteers in July-Aug 2020)
GU VGA Phone Survey March 2020 (Phone Survey with G-United volunteers in Feb-Mar 2020)
Dates of Data Collection
Baseline student surveys
Endline community and school surveys
VGA Phone surveys and follow-up Wave 1
VGA Phone surveys and follow-up Wave 2
VGA Phone surveys and follow-up Wave 3
Mode of data collection
Computer Assisted Personal Interview [capi]
Each team of enumerators were supervised by a field supervisor. Weekly field visits were undertaken by the Research Associate.
Data Collection Notes
Enumerator training sessions were conducted before every round of data collection by the Research Associate/Manager in the presence of all field supervisors in the data collection team.
Each interview took approximately 45 minutes, and all interviews were conducted in English.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
the Identification of the Primary Investigator
the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
the survey reference number
the source and date of download
Michael Kremer (Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago). Building State Capacity and National Unity with Market Design 2019 (GU-VGA 2019). Ref: KEN_2019_GU-VGA_v01_M. Downloaded from [uri] on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.