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Questscope Non-Formal Education Impact Study (QSNFEIS)

This study has been completed.
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Information provided by:
University of Oxford
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01001286
First received: October 23, 2009
Last updated: August 3, 2011
Last verified: August 2011

October 23, 2009
August 3, 2011
October 2009
May 2010   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • self-reported general self-efficacy [ Time Frame: pretest at enrollment (October 2009-January 2010) and 4 months following pretest ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • self-reported social skills [ Time Frame: pretest at enrollment (October 2009-January 2010) and 4 months following pretest ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • self-reported strengths and difficulties [ Time Frame: pretest at enrollment (October 2009-January 2010) and 4 months following pretest ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • self-reported social supports [ Time Frame: pretest at enrollment (October 2009-January 2010) and 4 months following pretest ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
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Questscope Non-Formal Education Impact Study
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This randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluates the effectiveness of Questscope Non-Formal Education (QS NFE) on impacting psychosocial outcomes for out-of-school youth, ages 13-21, in Jordan. QS NFE is an empowerment-based education program. A unique agreement with the Jordanian Ministry of Education enables participating youth to receive a 10th-grade equivalent certificate upon successful completion of the 24-month non-formal education. The main components of QS NFE include retraining formal education teachers for fostering positive relationships with at-risk youth, asset-building learning and social activities, and a youth-driven learning environment.

The study hypothesis is that by engaging youth in positive relationships with local teachers and enabling the youth to drive the learning experience, the intervention will have positive impacts on general self-efficacy, social supports, social skills, and strengths and difficulties.

This randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluates the effectiveness of Questscope Non-Formal Education (QS NFE) on impacting psychosocial outcomes for out-of-school youth, ages 13-21, in Jordan. QS NFE is an empowerment-based education program. A unique agreement with the Jordanian Ministry of Education enables participating youth to receive a 10th-grade equivalent certificate upon successful completion of the 24-month non-formal education. The main components of QS NFE include retraining formal education teachers for fostering positive relationships with at-risk youth, asset-building learning and social activities, and a youth-driven learning environment.

The study hypothesis is that by engaging youth in positive relationships with local teachers and enabling the youth to drive the learning experience, the intervention will have positive impacts on general self-efficacy, social supports, social skills, and strengths and difficulties.

Youth will be recruited according to normal Questscope recruitment procedures by program leaders in five poverty pocket communities in Amman, Jordan. Six QS NFE centers will be involved in the impact evaluation (four male centers and 2 female centers). Youth will be recruited, enrolled, and randomized on an individual basis until each NFE center's sample target is met (between 24 and 40 youth, depending on the center). The overall sample target is 200 for the six NFE centers aggregately (100 intervention group and 100 waitlist comparison). The study aims to recruit 54 females and 146 males.

Randomization will be conducted electronically using a random permuted block method through SealedEnvelope.com. Data collection for outcome measures will involve a computer-based, self-administered questionnaire designed with The Survey System software by Creative Research Systems. The computer-based survey will provide both text and audio to accommodate low literacy levels.

In the event that a participant rejects his/her random assignment within 48 hours of enrollment, the youth will be replaced in the study and will not be included in final data analysis. Additionally, all siblings recruited together into the study will be blocked and randomized together in enrollment.

Interventional
Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
  • Education
  • Empowerment
  • Self-efficacy
Behavioral: Questscope Non-Formal Education

Participation in two-hour classes for three to five days per week. Duration involves 24 months of programming (three, eight-month learning cycles), but this randomized controlled trial will only assess impacts of participation in the first four months.

Regular presence of trained, supportive adults. Educational topics and class activities determined by the youth as a group with the support of the adult teachers ("facilitators").

  • Active Comparator: Youth Club
    The intervention will be compared to a waitlist comparison group. The group will enter NFE after the four-month posttest. During the four months, the youth will be offered a biweekly recreational youth club. The club will be led by Jordanian university student volunteers out of community-based organizations. Club activities will take place approximately every two weeks, including games, sports, arts and crafts, cultural activities, and trips. The Club will not include any significant education components or youth empowerment methodology--the hypothesized active ingredients of QS NFE.
    Intervention: Behavioral: Questscope Non-Formal Education
  • Experimental: Questscope Non-Formal Education

    Participation in two-hour classes for three to five days per week. Duration involves 24 months of programming (three, eight-month learning cycles), but this randomized controlled trial will only assess impacts of participation in the first four months.

    Regular presence of trained, supportive adults. Educational topics and class activities determined by the youth as a group with the support of the adult teachers ("facilitators").

    Intervention: Behavioral: Questscope Non-Formal Education
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Completed
200
April 2011
May 2010   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 13-18 males or 13-21 females
  • out of the formal education system for more than six months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • has already participated in QS NFE
  • not in the above-specified age range
Both
13 Years to 21 Years
Yes
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Jordan
 
NCT01001286
QS-001
Yes
Matthew Morton, Researcher, University of Oxford, Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention
University of Oxford
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University of Oxford
August 2011

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