What is the effect of entrepreneurship training on attitudes and skills, positive labour market outcomes and business success (such as self-employment, business creation, job creation through startups, and earnings)?
What is the relative importance of soft skills versus hard skills, and how these skills help to build better, sustainable and bankable businesses?
Trial population and sample selection
Recently graduated Ugandan secondary school students from over 200 schools who were recruited by the evaluation team before before graduation. Teams asked school administrators for permission to advertise the programme and held interest meetings / gave pitches to students. Enumerators gave a brief introduction to SEED, highlighting key information that would influence their decision to apply for the program: enrollment was free; a round-trip transport refund would be provided; the training was a residential programme that provided meals; students would have the chance to write business plans and enter a competition for a large cash prize. Enumerators explained to students that there was limited space in the programme and although not everyone would be admitted, all have an equal chance of admission.
Rounds of data collection
Baseline data collection and method
All students interested in the programme were asked to fill out both a simple application form and a baseline survey, which was framed as purely research-oriented and with no bearing on a student’s chances of being accepted.
After data entry and randomisation into treatment and control groups, teams were re-deployed to administer a baseline questionnaire which included modules on household information, economic activities, and psycho-social indicators, as well as measures of cognitive ability, risk behaviour, and time preferences. The baseline survey was self-administered. Each student received a copy of the questionnaire and completed it independently, though the process was guided by an enumerator team who read and explained certain sections aloud and proctored the remainder. The survey consists of 10 sections and took 1-1.5 hours to administer.
Data collection method and data collected
Yes: By school and gender.