Accepting proposals for a third round of SSMART Grants!

BITSS is launching the third round of our Social Science Meta-Analysis and Research Transparency (SSMART) Grants – this time with a focus on research led by or partnered with researchers in the Global South.

The SSMART grant initiative seeks to support and encourage important meta-research in the social sciences in order to strengthen the reliability and validity of social science research findings. These $30k grants aim to advance understanding and design of new methodological approaches in transparency for reproducibility and reliability, as well as meta-analysis using existing data and literature to expand the evidence-base according to the following categories:

  1. Develop new methodology
  2. Produce new meta-analysis
  3. Study research culture and adoption of new methods

See the 2017 RFP here.

All proposals must be submitted via Submittable by 11:59pm PST, Monday, March 20, 2017.

Interested in partnering with BITSS Catalysts or EASST Fellows? We’re happy to make introductions!

Read about two recently completed SSMART projects on our blog here and here. The first, “Aggregating Distributional Treatment Effects: A Bayesian Hierarchical Analysis of the Microcredit Literature,” by MIT economist Rachael Meager assesses the generalizability of microcredit literature and improves meta-analysis methodologies to reveal wider distributional impacts. The second, “Panel Data and Experimental Design,” by UC Berkeley economists Fiona Burlig, Louis Preonas, and Matt Woerman develops new methods for cluster-robust power calculations, and comes with a corresponding statistical package.

More information about the 20 current SSMART projects is available on the BITSS website here.

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