Mar 23, 2023  –  May 2, 2023  | 

BITSS Open Research Seminar (Spring 2023)

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) is excited to announce the schedule for the Spring 2023 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.


All webinars will be recorded, published on the BITSS YouTube channel, and included in the BITSS Resource Library, a publicly available collection of learning materials. Presenters should also consider archiving their materials on MetaArXiv or the OSF, as appropriate. The organizer of each session will be offered a $500 honorarium.


  • March 23, 9-10:30 am PST – Using the Open Source PolicyEngine Microsimulation Model for Reproducible Analysis of Tax and Benefit Policy, Max Ghenis (PolicyEngine)
  • April 6, 9-10:30 am PST – Topics in Research Ethics and Best PracticesIndira Patil (3ie) & Alfredo Burlando (University of Oregon)
  • April 20, 9-10:00 am PST – Building Student-led Reproducible Research, Anna Josephson, Jeff Michler, April Athnos, Lorin Rudin-Rush (University of Arizona)
  • May 2, 9-10:30am PST – Launching the MCC Evidence Platform: Why Usable Evidence Tools are Critical for Impact, Casey Dunning, Shreena Patel, Urtina Zeka, Algerlynn Gill, and Jennifer Sturdy (MCC)



Reach out to BITSS Program Manager Grace Han with any questions about ORS.

The Open Research Seminar is hosted thanks to the generous support provided by the Templeton World Charity Foundation.