Final Evaluation: The Impact of Voter Knowledge Initiatives in Sierra Leone

Kelly Bidwell, Katherine Casey, & Rachel Glennerste

Created 03/29/2019

Analysis, Evaluation Reports


There is no definitive evidence of whether election debates have any real impact on subsequent vote shares. Moving to the developing world, the markedly lower penetration of mass media suggests that the effects of publicizing debates could be more pronounced, persistent and more directly linked to electoral outcomes.

To evaluate these claims, JPAL and Search for Common Ground experimentally manipulated citizen exposure to candidate debates to measure their impacts on, and the interconnections between, voter behavior, campaign spending, and the performance of elected politicians in the context of the 2012 Parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone.

Click on the link below to download the full evaluation, which explains in detail how JPAL and Search for Common Ground carried out their RCT (Randomized Controlled Trial) and the results of their project.

For a broad overview of this project, click here to access our data visualization of this evaluation.

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