Community Standards

We have begun conversations with key stakeholders about how to best introduce OPA principles to the field of policy analysis. In this process, we look to draw lessons from the reproducibility crisis in science, and adapt tools and best practices to address common problems. Given that scientific research and policy analysis face similar challenges (see Table 1  below), the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines provide a particularly good example for standards for disclosure of methods and open access to data and materials.

We are in the process of preparing similar guidelines for OPA. Stay tuned for updates before the BITSS Annual Meeting.

Table 1: Transparency and reproducibility commonalities in academic research and policy analysis