Oct 26, 2017  |  Washington, DC

Elise Wang Sonne at World Bank International Open Access Week 2017

2017 Leamer-Rosenthal recipient and BITSS Catalyst Soazic Elise Wang Sonne will be a featured speaker on a panel discussing the purpose of open access and how to operationalize open access in the context of extreme poverty. Panelists will also take questions from both in-person and virtual audiences from around the world. Read More →
Oct 24, 2017  |  London, England

Re-opened: Parliamentary Inquiry into Research Integrity at the House of Commons of the UK

Catalyst Arnaud Vaganay will present oral evidence to the House Commons Science and Technology Committee regarding research transparency and reproducibility as part of the committee's inquiry on scientific integrity. Dr. Vaganay will give evidence at 9:30 am on Tuesday, October 24. Note: This event was originally canceled due to the general election on June 8, 2017 and the dissolution of Parliament. The new Science and Technology Committee has since decided to re-open their inquiry. Watch Dr. Vaganay's testimony here.
Oct 19, 2017  –  Oct 21, 2017  |  San Diego, CA

Elise Wang Sonne to Present at the Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference

BITSS Catalyst and 2017 Leamer-Rosenthal Prize recepient Elise Wang Sonne is presenting at a speed session and a hosting a poster at the 2017 Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference (WSDS) of the American Statistical Association (ASA), scheduled for October 19-21, 2017. Elise's presentation builds on her Catalyst trainings in Sub-Saharan Africa and reflects on the gender bias in research transparency and the adoption of reproducibility practices. Abstract below. Read More →
Oct 12, 2017  –  Oct 13, 2017  |  La Paz

Seminar and Workshop on Research Transparency + Reproducibility — Catalyst Event, La Paz, Bolivia

BITSS and La Salle University in Bolivia have partnered to develop and deliver a series of activities on research transparency that caters to the needs of the research community involved in conducting high-quality research in Bolivia. The proposed activities are a small yet significant step to i) generate awareness among users and contributors of the science research, and ii) to provide a platform to share tools and resources that assist in improving transparency in research, within the community of practitioners and academicians. Read More →
Oct 9, 2017  –  Oct 10, 2017  |  Lima

Seminar and Workshop on Research Transparency + Reproducibility — Catalyst Event, Lima, Peru

BITSS and the Lima SE have partner to develop and deliver a workshop on research transparency that caters to the needs of the research community involved in conducting high quality research in Peru. The proposed workshop is a small yet significant step to i) generate awareness among users and contributors of the science research, and ii) to provide a platform to share tools and resources that assist in improving transparency in research, within the community of practitioners and academicians. Read More →
Oct 5, 2017  –  Oct 6, 2017  |  Santiago

Seminar and Workshop on Research Transparency + Reproducibility — Catalyst Event, Santiago, Chile

BITSS and a joint collaboration of the Center for Longitudinal Studies and the School of Government of Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC),  have partner to develop and deliver a workshop on research transparency that caters to the needs of the research community involved in conducting high quality research in Chile. The proposed activities are a small yet significant step to i) generate awareness among users and contributors of the science research, and ii) to provide a platform to share tools and resources that assist in improving transparency in research, within the community of practitioners and academicians. Read More →
Sep 20, 2017  –  Sep 22, 2017  |  London

Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) – London, England

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) held the first international Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) in London, England September 20-22, 2017. RT2 provides participants with an overview of tools and best practices for transparent and reproducible social science research. The curriculum is developed and delivered by academic leaders in the transparency movement, and space is provided for collaborative work and hands-on skill building. Participants are encouraged to bring existing research questions and ideas based on their own interests to seek support and feedback from instructors and other attendees. Read More →
Aug 18, 2017  –  Aug 19, 2017  |  5045 Bergen

Research Transparency and Reproducibility Workshop – Bergen, Norway

To address growing need for improved norms and practices of social science research, and in partnership with The Choice Lab at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), BITSS will deliver a workshop on research transparency and reproducibility. This two-day workshop will be led by Dr. Eva Vivalt (Australian National University) and will target 40-50 students, faculty, and researchers to train them on the challenges facing the credibility of social science research, as well as currently known best practices for more transparent, reproducible research. The workshop will engage the audience with hands-on workflow-related activities and software. Read More →
Jun 28, 2017  |  San Diego

BITSS Paper Session at 92nd Annual WEAI, San Diego

BITSS has organized two paper sessions on Day 4 of the 92nd Annual Western Economics Association International Conference in San Diego, Ca. Topics will include meta-analysis, publication bias, data sharing, and research transparency, featuring work by several SSMART grant recipients. Speakers will include Garret Christensen (BITSS, BIDS), Abel Brodeur (University of Ottawa), Elliott Collins (UC Berkeley), Fernando Hoces de la Guardia (RAND Corporation), Taisuke Imai (Caltech), Chishio Furukawa (MIT), and Mauricio Romero (UC San Diego). Read More →
Jul 10, 2017  –  Sep 10, 2017  | 

MOOC: Transparent and Open Social Science

Demand is growing for evidence-based policy making, but there is also growing recognition in the social science community that limited transparency and openness in research have contributed to widespread problems. With this 3-week, self-paced Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), you can explore the causes of limited transparency in social science research, as well as tools to make your own work more open and reproducible. Read More →
Jun 7, 2017  –  Jun 9, 2017  |  Berkeley, CA

Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) – Berkeley, CA

Participants and Faculty from RT2 Berkeley held June 7-9, 2017Led by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), this Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) provides participants with an overview of cutting-edge mechanisms for transparent and reproducible social science research. The curriculum is taught by academic leaders in the transparency movement, and there will be space for collaborative work and hands-on skill building. Read More →
May 3, 2017  –  May 4, 2017  |  Cuernavaca, Morelos

Transparency + Reproducibility Workshop at INSP, Cuernavaca

BITSS and INSP have partnered to develop and deliver a workshop on research transparency that caters to the needs of the research community involved in conducting high-quality research in Mexico. The workshop is a small yet significant step to i) generate awareness among users and contributors of the health science research and ii) provide a platform to share tools and resources to assist in improving transparency in research within the community of practitioners and academics. Read More →
Apr 20, 2017  | 

Research Transparency Workshop – Universite Protestante du Congo — Catalyst Workshop

Catalyst: Zacharie Tsala Dimbuene Research Transparency is gaining attention in the scientific community around the world, including the United States, European countries, and Anglophone countries in sub-Saharan Africa; yet the concept is quite a “new world” in Francophone Africa. In my efforts to advance the movement in Francophone Africa, I successfully delivered the first Research Transparency Workshop at the University of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo). This workshop is intended to sustain previous efforts to set up “Research Transparency in Social Sciences” as a culture in the next generation of social scientists in Francophone Africa Read More →
Apr 14, 2017  –  Apr 15, 2017  | 

Research Transparency Workshop – University of Kinshasa — Catalyst Workshop

Catalyst: Zacharie Tsala Dimbuene Research Transparency is gaining attention in the scientific community around the world, including the United States, European countries, and Anglophone countries in sub-Saharan Africa; yet the concept is quite a “new world” in Francophone Africa. In my efforts to advance the movement in Francophone Africa, I successfully delivered the first Research Transparency Workshop at the University of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo). This workshop is intended to sustain previous efforts to set up “Research Transparency in Social Sciences” as a culture in the next generation of social scientists in Francophone Africa Read More →
Apr 4, 2017  |  Berkeley, CA

Meet and Greet with Phillip Cohen

Most social scientists want our research to be relevant, to reflect as well as interact with the social actors for whom it is relevant; we want it to be efficient, to maximize collaboration and exchange, and to make the most of our limited resources; and we want it to be accessible, to be read and debated by a wide audience beyond our disciplinary boundaries and university walls. These challenges seem more acute now than at any time in recent memory. And yet our scholarly communication system, especially journal publishing, remains mired in the structures of the past – moving too slowly and costing too much – which impedes the quality, quantity, efficiency, and responsiveness of our research. Open scholarship is a broad response to these deficiencies. In this presentation, Philip Cohen will make a case for open scholarship -- and the use of preprints and working papers in particular -- through the SocArXiv project, a new open-source, open-access, non-profit archive for social science research, modeled after arXiv in math and physics. Read More →
Feb 1, 2017  | 

Research Transparency Workshop at the World Bank

This one-day workshop at the World Bank on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 aimed to improve understanding of challenges to the transparency and reproducibility of social science research, and to teach the latest techniques for developing a reproducible workflow, focusing on version control and the GitHub platform. Read More →
Jan 6, 2017  –  Jan 8, 2017  |  Chicago, IL

Meta-Analysis and Reproducibility Paper Session at the 2017 AEA / ASSA Annual Meeting

Join BITSS Faculty Director Ted Miguel and several SSMART grant recipients at a paper session at the 2017 American Economic Association/Allied Social Science Association Annual Meeting in January!   The session, titled "Meta-Analysis and Reproducibility in Social Science Research," will feature research and discussion from BITSS affiliates Eva Vivalt, Sean Tanner, Rachel Glennerster, Solomon Hsiang, and John Ioannidis.   The session will take place on day three of the meeting, January 8, 2017.
Dec 15, 2016  –  Dec 16, 2016  |  Berkeley, CA

2016 BITSS Annual Meeting

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BITSS held its fifth Annual Meeting on December 15-16, 2016 in Berkeley, California to bring together leaders from academia, scholarly publishing, and policy to strengthen the standards of transparency and reproducibility across social science disciplines. The meeting featured keynote speakers, an announcement of the 2016 Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science, results from selected Social Science Meta-Analysis and Research Transparency (SSMART) grants, and selected research from an open call for papers. Read More →
Dec 12, 2016  | 

Transparency Workshop – 2016 ASE Summer Institute for Economic Research, Benin

The African School of Economics (ASE) will incorporate a Research Transparency workshop in their Impact Evaluation training next week at the Summer Institute for Economics Research (SIER). The workshop will be co-led by BITSS Catalyst Saint Kizito Omala and CEGA EASST Fellow Constantine Manda. The workshop precedes a 4-day conference presenting research from African economists focusing on leading policy challenges in Africa. Visit the ASE website to learn more about the school and see a detailed 2016 SIER program.
Sep 30, 2016  –  Oct 1, 2016  | 

2016 Computation + Journalism Symposium

The 2016 Computation + Journalism Symposium at Stanford University will include a “Reproducible Journalism” panel discussion held in Paul Brest Hall and moderated by John Bohannon, contributing correspondent to Science. Read More →
Jul 19, 2016  –  Jul 20, 2016  | 

Catalyst-Led Francophone Africa Workshop

Catalyst Grant Winner Zacharie Tsala Dimbuene Hosts Research Transparency Training in the DRC. The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) will fund Catalyst Zacharie Dimbuene to organize a workshop in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on July 19-20 at the University of Kinshasa. The event, focusing on research transparency tools and best practices, will feature the head of Department of Population Sciences and Development, Professor Crispin Mabika Mabika, and trainings on the Open Science Framework (OSF), Git, and pre-analysis plans.
Jul 12, 2016  –  Jul 14, 2016  |  Dar es Salaam

EASST Evidence Summit

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and the East African Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative, in partnership with the World Bank Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) and the University of Dar es Salaam, will host the 2016 East Africa Evidence Summit, to be held July 12-14, 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Read More →
Jul 5, 2016  –  Jul 6, 2016  |  Ann Arbor, Michigan

Transparency + Reproducibility Workshop

There is growing interest in research transparency and reproducibility across the social sciences. This workshop is a crash course on the problems of publication bias, inability to replicate research, and specification searching (or p-hacking, among other names) that have heretofore caused researchers problems. We will cover recent methodological progress in this area, including study registration, pre-analysis plans, disclosure standards, and open sharing of data and materials, drawing on experiences in economics, political science, and psychology, as well as other social sciences. We also engage hands-on with workflow-related software developments that help a researcher make their work more reproducible, particularly version control and dynamic documents, which can accurately track all changes made to code and make one's entire analysis reproducible with a single click.
Jun 8, 2016  –  Jun 10, 2016  |  Berkeley, CA

Summer Institute – Transparency and Reproducibility Methods for Social Science Research

Taught by: Edward Miguel (Introduction); Tom Stanley (Meta-Analysis Methods and Application); Justin Kitzes (Git + GitHub); Maya Petersen, Fiona Burlig, and Sean Tanner (Pre-Registration and Pre-Analysis Plans); Sean Grant (Disclosure Guidelines); Jesse Rothstein (Replication); Cyrus Dioun (Reproducible Workflow); Leif Nelson (P-Hacking); Daniele Fanelli (Scientific Misconduct). Led by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), this workshop provides participants with an overview of cutting-edge mechanisms for transparent and reproducible social science. The curriculum is taught by academic leaders in the transparency movement, and there will be space for collaborative work and hands-on skill building. Read More →
May 26, 2016  –  May 29, 2016  |  Chicago, Illinois

Association for Psychological Science Convention

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences will be an exhibitor at the Association for Psychological Science's (APS) 28th Annual Convention.
Mar 10, 2016  |  Lusaka, Zambia

Transparency + Reproducibility Workshop

This workshop aims to improve understanding of the current literature on challenges in the quality of social science research, and to teach the latest techniques for developing a reproducible workflow. Read More →
Mar 9, 2016  |  Nairobi, Kenya

Transparency + Reproducibility Workshop

This workshop aims to improve understanding of the current literature on challenges in the quality of social science research, and to teach the latest techniques for developing a reproducible workflow. Read More →
Mar 7, 2016  –  Mar 8, 2016  |  Machakos

Transparency + Reproducibility Workshop

Both IPA and CEGA aim to support high quality, transparent, reproducible research. The research support staff at both organizations are typically tasked with preparing data and code for publication. However, key steps for preparing data and code take place as early as the study design phase as well as in the data collection process. Read More →