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TIER Faculty Fellowships 2015-16

Richard Ball, Associate Professor of Economics, and Norm Medeiros, Associate Librarian, of Haverford College, are co-principal investigators of Project TIER. They are seeking the first class of TIER Fellows to promote and extend teaching of transparent and reproducible empirical research methods.


Project TIER (Teaching Integrity in Empirical Research) is an initiative that promotes training in open and transparent methods of quantitative research in the undergraduate and graduate curricula across all the social sciences.

The Project anticipates awarding three or four TIER Faculty Fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year. Fellows will collaborate with TIER leadership and work independently to develop and disseminate transparent research methods that are suitable for adoption by students writing theses, dissertations or other supervised papers, or that can be incorporated into classes in which students conduct quantitative research.

The period of the Fellowships will be from June 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000.

Applications are due April 19, 2015. Early inquiries and expressions of interest are encouraged. To learn more and apply, visit http://www.haverford.edu/TIER/opportunities/fellowships_2015-16.php.

Now Accepting Applications for Summer Institute

BITSS is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications to attend its 2015 Summer Institute.


This year’s workshop entitled “Transparency and Reproducibility Methods for Social Science Research” will be held in Berkeley, June 10-12. The intensive course will provide participants with a thorough overview of best practices for open, reproducible research, allowing them to remain in the vanguard of new scientific frontiers.

The 2014 Cohort of the BITSS Institute

The 2014 Cohort of the BITSS Institute

Topics covered include:

  • Ethics in Experimental Research
  • False-positives, P-hacking, P-curve, Power Analysis
  • Data Management & Statistical Analysis in R
  • Theory and Implementation of Pre-analysis Plans
  • Approaches to the Replication of Research
  • Meta-analyses: New Tools & Techniques
  • Next Steps in Changing Scientific Research Practices

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Reflections on Two Years Promoting Transparency in Research

By Guillaume Kroll (CEGA)


Two years ago, in December 2012, a handful of researchers convened in Berkeley to discuss emerging strategies to increase openness and transparency in social science research. The group’s concerns followed a number of high-level cases of scientific misconduct and unethical practices, particularly in psychology (1,2). As researchers started to question the legitimacy of the “publish or perish” structure governing academia, many decided to replicate influential findings in their field to differentiate the rigorous from the untrustworthy… only to find that a large majority of studies were unreproducible.

This observation triggered an unprecedented number of bottom-up innovations to restore the credibility of scientific evidence across social science disciplines, including the use of study registries, pre-analysis plans, data sharing, and result-blind peer review. The 2012 meeting resulted in the creation of BITSS, with the goal of fostering the adoption of more transparent research practices among the scientific community.

Today, BITSS has more than 150 affiliated researchers and partner institutions committed to improving the standards of rigor and integrity across the social sciences. Last week’s third annual BITSS meeting was a good opportunity to reflect on the progress achieved.

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Announcing The 2014 Research Transparency Forum

BITSS is pleased to announce its 3rd annual meeting (December 11-12 – Berkeley, CA).

This year’s research transparency meeting will be the first to be open to the public and is anticipated to be the largest BITSS event to date. The event will act to update the academic community of the growing movement for greater openness in research and as a forum to discuss a variety of transparency related issues such as changing journal practices, novel evidence of publication bias and burgeoning related initiatives.

The gatheregister_now_buttonring will cater to a range of guests from seasoned transparency experts to new supporters of the transparency movement. As such the event will consist of a variety of activities including a collaborative training session geared towards disseminating new tools, a public conference with presentations from transparency leaders, and a research seminar showcasing the latest developments in the world of research transparency.

Confirmed speakers include Edward Miguel (CEGA’s Faculty Director), John Ioannidis from Stanford School of Medicine, Victoria Stodden from the University of Illinois and Brian Nosek from the Center for Open Science.

For more information visit the BITSS Annual Meeting page and to attend register here.

Summer Institute Material Now Available

All the material from our summer institute in transparency practices for empirical research is now accessible on our training page.

This weeklong workshop provides an overview of the latest trends in the shift towards increased transparency, combining presentations on conceptual issues in current research practices with hands-on training on emerging tools and approaches to further openness and integrity.

The course material was developed by a team of BITSS affiliates together with staff from the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), the Center for Open Science, and the UC Berkeley D-Lab.

A total of 32 graduate students and junior faculty attended the first workshop, held at UC Berkeley from June 2 to 6, 2014.

The 2014 Cohort of the BITSS Institute

The 2014 Cohort of the BITSS Institute

In the coming months, we plan to revamp the BITSS website to offer a curated list of transparency tools and resources. We will also start designing online training material available to the global research community as well as a manual of best practices in time for next year’s institute.

 

Deadline Extended for BITSS Summer Institute!

The deadline for applying to the BITSS Summer Institute (June 2-5, 2014 – Berkeley, CA) has been extended to Wednesday, April 2. The week-long course will cover a broad array of topics related to openness and transparency in social science research, including the theory and implementation of pre-analysis plans; building reproducible knowledge; emerging techniques to carry out meta-analyses; tools for data sharing, management, publication and curation; strategies to deal with “p-hacking” and publication bias; and the implementation of version control systems. The Institute is run in partnership with the Center for Open Science and the UC Berkeley D-Lab.

The BITSS Summer Institute will include a hands-on workshop on the Open Science Framework.

The BITSS Summer Institute will include a hands-on workshop on the Open Science Framework (Photo Credits: COS)

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Deadline Coming Up for BITSS Summer Institute!

Applications for the first BITSS Summer Institute (June 2-5, 2014 – Berkeley, CA) are due by Wednesday, March 26. The workshop will inform participants about the latest trends in the shift towards increased transparency in the social sciences, providing an overview of new tools and techniques for rigorous research in economics, political science, psychology, and related disciplines. Topics covered include the theory and implementation of pre-analysis plans; building reproducible knowledge; emerging techniques to carry out meta-analyses; tools for data sharing, management, publication and curation; strategies to deal with “p-hacking” and publication bias; and the use and implementation of version control systems. Applicants must submit a CV and cover letter via the ICPSR Summer Program Portal. Stipends for travel and accommodation will be available for a limited number of accepted participants.