Aug 25, 2021  –  Sep 3, 2021  | 

Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) Virtual 2021

Aug. 23-Sep.3, 2021 — BITSS held its Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) on 8/25, 8/27, 9/1, and 9/3. RT2 was hosted online with 54 participants from 45 institutions in 23 countries.


RT2 provides participants with an overview of tools and practices for transparent and reproducible social science research. The program is developed and delivered by leading researchers from across the social sciences and will provide participants with opportunities for collaborative work and skills-building. Participants are able to exchange feedback and receive support from instructors through daily online forums. Following the training, BITSS facilitated office hours where participants are able to meet with instructors and receive guidance on their research questions and ideas.

An agenda is available here. The program was be distributed over four days, covering the following topics:

  • Research ethics and Mertonian norms for transparency and reproducibility
  • Improved specification through study pre-registration and pre-analysis plans
  • Appropriate use of statistics and interpretation of statistical evidence
  • Hands-on practice with version control using Git (GitHub or the Command Line)
  • Dynamic documents with R or Stata
  • Data sharing and management practices for reproducibility.

You can learn more about the RT2 curriculum and find materials from past RT2 events here.

Faculty included (in alphabetical order): Alexander Coppock (Yale University), Valentin Danchev (University of Essex), Benjamin Daniels (Georgetown), Tim Dennis (UCLA), Luiza Cardoso de Andrade (The World Bank), Fernando Hoces de la Guardia (BITSS), Ciera Martinez (Berkeley Institute for Data Science), Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley and CEGA/BITSS), Cecilia Hyunjung Mo (UC Berkeley), Leif Nelson (UC Berkeley), Lars Vilhuber (Cornell University), and Timothy Vollmer (UC Berkeley Library).


BITSS selected 54 participants, representing nearly all social science disciplines and coming from over 45 institutions in 23 different countries.


Contact Aleksandar Bogdanoski with questions about RT2 Virtual 2021. Watch presentations in the playlist below.