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.

Participants can expect to finish the program with a thorough overview and understanding of best practices for open, reproducible research, allowing them to remain in the vanguard of new scientific frontiers. They are encouraged to bring existing research questions and ideas based on their own interests, and seek support and feedback from instructors and other attendees.

As found during past Institutes, the number of applications usually far exceeds the number of available spaces for this workshop. With this in mind, BITSS aims to select 35-40 participants that represent a balance across disciplines and experience levels, as well as participants who are likely to have sustained impact on improving research transparency and reproducibility education and practice at their host institutions.


The workshop is designed for researchers across the social science spectrum, from economics to political science, psychology, and other related disciplines. Ideal candidates include: (i) graduate or post-graduate students (ii) junior faculty, (iii) staff from research organizations interested in using these methods, and (iv) journal editors or research funders curious about the implications for their work. Diversity in terms of background and academic discipline is encouraged.


Participants will be chosen through a competitive selection process. To apply, click on the “Registration” tab at the top of the course description page on ICPSR’s website, provide your information, and select the course. Applicants must upload the following documentation:

  • Curriculum Vita or Resume
  • Cover Letter including a) why you are interested in the workshop, b) how you might use what you learn to improve transparency practices of other social scientists, c) whether you will need financial support to attend the institute, and d) your current professional status.
  • Letter of Reference (optional)

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting applications is April 8, 2016. BITSS faculty and staff will then select 35-40 applicants for acceptance to the Institute. Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than April 22, 2016.


There are no tuition fees for this workshop.

Please contact Alex Wais (awais[at]berkeley[dot]edu) with any questions.