Improving research transparency and visibility of null findings in observational studies of secondary data Catalyst Training ProjectDemographyInterdisciplinary

Jordan Weiss

Publication bias is well documented in the social sciences. Only a fraction of scholarship reporting null results is made accessible to the public. One way to increase the visibility of this work is to post a pre-analysis plan (PAP) which has the added benefit of improving research transparency. However, despite the rising importance of PAPs, the majority of available resources for PAPs in the social sciences are dedicated to experimental studies which do not necessarily translate well to observational studies of secondary data. The objectives of this project are to (1) improve research transparency and (2) increase the visibility of studies that report null findings by developing a framework for PAPs that is specifically designed for observational studies of secondary data.