Sep 1, 2022  –  Dec 1, 2022

BITSS Open Research Seminar (Fall 2022)

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) is excited to announce the Open Research Seminar (ORS), a webinar series to promote and share knowledge about the use of tools and practices for transparency and reproducibility in social science research. The ORS will be an opportunity for researchers to showcase applications of specific tools and practices (e.g., developing a lab protocol for reproducibility, building a website to catalog open datasets, etc.) or evaluations of the effectiveness of existing tools and practices (e.g., results-blind peer review and publication bias). All webinars will be free and open to register to the general public. Read More →

Jul 14, 2021  –  Jul 14, 2021

“Development Research in Practice” Book Launch Event

July 14 — Starting at 8 am PT, join the launch event for “Development Research in Practice: The DIME Analytics Data Handbook.” This handbook provides a step-by-step guide to high-quality, reproducible data work over the full life cycle of an empirical research project. It shares the lessons, tools, and processes developed within the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) department, and compiles them into a single narrative of best practices for data work.

The launch event will feature an introduction by Maria Ruth Jones (DIME Analytics) and a panel discussion with Marshall Burke (Stanford University), Ruth Levine (IDinsight), Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley and CEGA/BITSS), and Lars Vilhuber (Cornell University). Register here.


Feb 23, 2021  –  Feb 23, 2021

Presentation: Open Policy Analysis

Feb. 23, 2021 — Fernando Hoces de la Guardia gave a presentation on Open Policy Analysis (OPA) as part of a webinar organized by Métodos em Pauta (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil), an academic initiative on inference in political science and related fields. Watch the presentation (in Spanish) here.



Feb 22, 2021  –  Feb 23, 2021

Panel: Open Science – Increasing Rigor, Reproducibility, Transparency, and Dissemination

Feb. 23, 2021 — BITSS Faculty Director Ted Miguel chaired a panel titled “Increasing Rigor, Reproducibility, Transparency, and Dissemination” as part of the Science of Behavior Change Capstone Conference organized by the National Institutes of Health Feb. 22-23, 2021. The panel featured the following presentations:

  • Reimagining science as truly open and inclusive, Alison Ledgerwood, University of California, Davis
  • An open science behavior change model from theory to practice, Brian Nosek, Center for Open Science
  • The art of open science: Imitation, inspiration, and innovation, Chaning Jang, The Busara Center for Behavioral Economics

See the program and find videos here.

Dec 11, 2019  |  Berkeley, CA

Panel Discussion on Journal Reproducibility Policies and Practices

BITSS and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) will host a panel on journal reproducibility policies and practices 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Dec. 11 at the BIDS office space at Doe Library, UC Berkeley. The panel will discuss perspectives and experiences at journals in economics, statistics, and the physical and health sciences, as well as resources to support reproducibility available to the UC Berkeley community and beyond.  Read More →

Sep 10, 2019  |  Washington, DC

Transparency, Reproducibility and Credibility: A Research Symposium

“Transparency, Reproducibility, and Credibility of Economics Research” is a research symposium hosted collaboratively by the World Bank Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) group, BITSS, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) on September 10, 2019 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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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.