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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Four Experiments Conducted to 2000 Overseas Filipinos Based in Hongkong and Saudi Arabia and The Result Is Surprising


 group of agencies from the Philippine government and Non-government organizations (NGO's) has conducted a study and they got surprising results. From 2014 to 2017 a research team from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Asian Institute of Management (AIM) followed 2,000 first-time Filipino household service  workers (HSWs) who went to work in Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, and their families back home.   The Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOs) has to be taken by every Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) before they could finally leave the country and work abroad. The study's objective was to test the impact of new modules for the PDOS and  to acquire insights on how domestic workers and their families adjust to having an OFW family member. Sponsored Links   Running since 1983,the PDOS program is being facilitated by OWWA and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, this marks the first time that OWWA collaborated with an academic institution to do a long-term evidence-based impact evaluation of the program.  For AIM, on the other hand, the research is in line with its focus on business and society, and the study was an opportunity to bring theories and rigorous statistical techniques to a sector that is very important for the country, namely the OFWs.   OWWA and AIM research team experimented with 4 new twists on the basic modules of PDOS .   —The first was a new financial literacy module using a comic-book format to teach four basic simple messages that are critical to savings.  —The second experiment was to send savings reminders every 15 days to the OFWs,   —The third was using the experience directly from “ex-abroads” in setting expectations of first-time HSWs.  —The fourth experiment was a gift of dried mangoes that the workers or DW were instructed to give to their employer to make a good first impression upon arrival in Hong Kong or Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   Among the 4 studies, the fourth draws on the theories of behavioral economics that are increasingly being used to elicit desired behavior without heavy direction. It shows that giving gifts to the employer established a behavioral impact that promotes good relationship between the worker and the sponsor all throughout the duration of contract.  Some 2,000 HSWs were randomly assigned to a comparison group and a project group. The HSWs and their families were interviewed just before their departure, and again after eight months on the job and finally at the end of the work contract.  The project has gathered a large amount of data on domestic workers, including communications, remittances, savings and expenditure decisions, and attitudes. The findings and their implications for policy were presented at a conference in AIM on October 24, which was attended by government representatives, migrant groups, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and academe.  The study was financed by a grant to AIM from 3ie, an international grant-making NGO promoting evidence-based development policies and program and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation.  The main funders of 3ie are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UKaid and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.   The 3-year study conducted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) sought to test the impact of new modules for the Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) and gain insight into how domestic workers and their families adjust to the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) life.  Domestic workers comprises the largest category of land-based OFWs and  the most vulnerable among migrant workers as well. Advertisement Read More:      ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO
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A group of agencies from the Philippine government and Non-government organizations (NGO's) has conducted a study and they got surprising results.
From 2014 to 2017 a research team from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Asian Institute of Management (AIM) followed 2,000 first-time Filipino household service  workers (HSWs) who went to work in Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, and their families back home.

 The Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOs) has to be taken by every Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) before they could finally leave the country and work abroad. The study's objective was to test the impact of new modules for the PDOS and  to acquire insights on how domestic workers and their families adjust to having an OFW family member.
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 Running since 1983,the PDOS program is being facilitated by OWWA and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, this marks the first time that OWWA collaborated with an academic institution to do a long-term evidence-based impact evaluation of the program.

For AIM, on the other hand, the research is in line with its focus on business and society, and the study was an opportunity to bring theories and rigorous statistical techniques to a sector that is very important for the country, namely the OFWs.

 OWWA and AIM research team experimented with 4 new twists on the basic 
modules of PDOS

—The first was a new financial literacy module using a comic-book format to teach four basic simple messages that are critical to savings.

—The second experiment was to send savings reminders every 15 days to the OFWs, 


—The third was using the experience directly from “ex-abroads” in setting expectations of first-time HSWs.

—The fourth experiment was a gift of dried mangoes that the workers or DW were instructed to give to their employer to make a good first impression upon arrival in Hong Kong or Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 


Among the 4 studies, the fourth draws on the theories of behavioral economics that are increasingly being used to elicit desired behavior without heavy direction.
It shows that giving gifts to the employer established a behavioral impact that promotes good relationship between the worker and the sponsor all throughout the duration of contract.

Some 2,000 HSWs were randomly assigned 
to a comparison group and a project group. The HSWs and their families were interviewed just before their departure, and again after eight months on the job and finally at the end of the work contract.

The project has gathered a large amount of data on domestic workers, including communications, remittances, savings and expenditure decisions, and attitudes. The findings and their implications for policy were presented at a conference in AIM on October 24, which was attended by government representatives, migrant groups, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and academe.

The study was financed by a grant to AIM from 3ie, an international grant-making NGO promoting evidence-based development policies and program and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation.

The main funders of 3ie are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UKaid and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.



The 3-year study conducted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) sought to test the impact of new modules for the Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) and gain insight into how domestic workers and their families adjust to the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) life.


Domestic workers comprises the largest category of land-based OFWs and  the most vulnerable among migrant workers as well.

Source: Business Mirror
A group of agencies from the Philippine government and Non-government organizations (NGO's) has conducted a study and they got surprising results. From 2014 to 2017 a research team from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Asian Institute of Management (AIM) followed 2,000 first-time Filipino household service  workers (HSWs) who went to work in Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, and their families back home.   The Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOs) has to be taken by every Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) before they could finally leave the country and work abroad. The study's objective was to test the impact of new modules for the PDOS and  to acquire insights on how domestic workers and their families adjust to having an OFW family member. Sponsored Links   Running since 1983,the PDOS program is being facilitated by OWWA and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, this marks the first time that OWWA collaborated with an academic institution to do a long-term evidence-based impact evaluation of the program.  For AIM, on the other hand, the research is in line with its focus on business and society, and the study was an opportunity to bring theories and rigorous statistical techniques to a sector that is very important for the country, namely the OFWs.   OWWA and AIM research team experimented with 4 new twists on the basic modules of PDOS .   —The first was a new financial literacy module using a comic-book format to teach four basic simple messages that are critical to savings.  —The second experiment was to send savings reminders every 15 days to the OFWs,   —The third was using the experience directly from “ex-abroads” in setting expectations of first-time HSWs.  —The fourth experiment was a gift of dried mangoes that the workers or DW were instructed to give to their employer to make a good first impression upon arrival in Hong Kong or Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   Among the 4 studies, the fourth draws on the theories of behavioral economics that are increasingly being used to elicit desired behavior without heavy direction. It shows that giving gifts to the employer established a behavioral impact that promotes good relationship between the worker and the sponsor all throughout the duration of contract.  Some 2,000 HSWs were randomly assigned to a comparison group and a project group. The HSWs and their families were interviewed just before their departure, and again after eight months on the job and finally at the end of the work contract.  The project has gathered a large amount of data on domestic workers, including communications, remittances, savings and expenditure decisions, and attitudes. The findings and their implications for policy were presented at a conference in AIM on October 24, which was attended by government representatives, migrant groups, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and academe.  The study was financed by a grant to AIM from 3ie, an international grant-making NGO promoting evidence-based development policies and program and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation.  The main funders of 3ie are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UKaid and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.   The 3-year study conducted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) sought to test the impact of new modules for the Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) and gain insight into how domestic workers and their families adjust to the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) life.  Domestic workers comprises the largest category of land-based OFWs and  the most vulnerable among migrant workers as well. Advertisement Read More:      ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO

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