Scale-up in Education

In addition to its Annual Institutes and on-demand Workshops, BITSS aims to harness its network of graduate students, academic faculty, and other researchers to scale-up education on research transparency throughout the social sciences. By drawing from and strengthening the BITSS library of educational materials, this network may use any number of delivery mechanisms, such as integrating into existing curricula, seminars, workshops, or boot camps.

Objectives of Scale-Up

The objectives of the BITSS education scale-up are to ensure the current and future generation of economists, psychologists, political scientists, and other social scientists:

Master critical thinking skills as they relate to social science research

This includes a full understanding of current literature on challenges in quality of social science research today: researcher bias and motivated reasoning, publication bias, ethical and unethical research practices, reproducibility, and data privacy issues.

Master and apply research transparency techniques

In order to manage their own biases, as well as other challenges detailed above, education will focus on:

Pre-Analysis Plans. Learn how to develop and apply pre-analysis plans to research design and implementation

Pre-registration. Learn and utilize appropriate resources for pre-registering studies

Manage Workflow. Transparently manage study materials and data/code using version control such as Github, Open Science Framework, Dataverse

Appropriate use of statistics. Adequately powering studies to avoid false positives, adjusting statistical tests for multiplicity of hypotheses, and use of meta-analysis techniques.