Progresa/Oportunidades is a large scale social welfare program that was conducted as an RCT and that has been widely evaluated (for a list of econ papers using this data see here).

When trying to find the data sources, links (e.g. on dataverse.harvard.edu) point to a website that doesn't exist: http://evaluacion.oportunidades.gob.mx:8010/en/index.php

There is main website has a "Databases" link, but provides just a bunch on individual datasets, without a clean documentation, and apparently without the data on treatment assignment.

Hence my question: Does anyone know of a reliable source for pre-compiled Proresa data including the treatment indicator and post-treatment outcomes?

Edit: Data should be on the household/individual level

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    I am currently facing the same problem and was wondering whether you ever found a relatively cleaned-up dataset, or another way to figure out the household's treatment status (whether it was included in the treatment or control group of Progesa's initial 1997-1999 period)? This would be extremely helpful! Thanks.
    – lena
    Jun 22, 2019 at 17:10
  • I had figured it out at some point but unfortunately don't have the data anymore. I only remember that after several hours of crawling through different sources I finally figured it out and it wasn't all that hard. Sorry that I can only give you this unhelpful answer rn.
    – sheß
    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:04

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Wayback Machine has this indexed a few times. Remember, when dealing with linkrot, the Wayback Machine is your friend:

Why would it not give you access to the data? I can only think of a few occasions where this would be the case, and in this one, it is not. All you had to do was look...

Better Edit:
The data you seek is here: https://www.prospera.gob.mx/EVALUACION/index1.php
From navigation: Evaluation and Indicators -> External Evaluation Reports & Studies -> Oportunidades
Double clicking on each datasets' header (colored background) displays dropdown with data for downloading.
You can compare the original 2003 docs to current, they are the same:
2003 Original
2003 Current

  • While this is helpful in getting some more info, it doesn't give me access to the data, does it?
    – sheß
    May 23, 2016 at 15:23
  • Sorry, I might be blind, but I really don't see where the actual dataset are in there. I'm not interested in downloading the reports. I want the datatset, with households/individual variables and treatment indicators. Under the link you posted I only see a bunch of PDFs. Is this the link you meant: imgur.com/YczRPNq?
    – sheß
    May 26, 2016 at 17:00
  • the pdf has data, you're gonna have to extract it. i'm looking at a table on page 271 / 336 in the pdf.
    – albert
    May 27, 2016 at 4:56
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    Sorry, I was not very cooperative. Your answer was just not very helpful and "All you had to do was look" didn't help my mood, as that's what I'm doing since weeks, without success. It is not true that I can't be bothered with the PDFs, it's just that they do not contain the information I seek. Yes, I tried to make my question clearer, the "treatment indicator" part was there from the beginning but now I explicitly state the desired granularity.
    – sheß
    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:04
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    no problem. i get grouchy too. hope you find what you want.
    – albert
    Jun 1, 2016 at 14:29

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