Transparency Practices for Empirical Social Science Research (Berkeley, CA)

Instructor(s):

  • Maya Petersen, University of California at Berkeley
  • Scott Desposato, University of California at San Diego
  • Kevin Esterling, University of California at Riverside
  • Katherine E. Casey, Stanford University
  • Mercè Crosas, Harvard University
  • Leif Nelson, University of California at Berkeley
  • Uri Simonsohn, University of Pennsylvania
  • Thad Dunning, University of California at Berkeley
  • Edward Miguel, University of California at Berkeley

Over the past years, an inspiring number of bottom-up innovations across social science disciplines have sought to advance the reliability, reproducibility, and validity of empirical social studies, realigning scholarly incentives with scholarly values. Examples include systematic disclosure of methods and results, registration and pre-analysis plans, and open data and materials. Meanwhile, multiple organizations have been developing tools to make it easier to archive and share research design, plans and data.

This workshop will inform participants about the latest trends in the shift towards increased transparency, providing an overview of the different tools and techniques that are available and appropriate for social science research. Participants will be chosen through a competitive selection process, and will be expected to devote substantial time to preparatory work in advance of the institute. Each attendee will finish the weeklong program with a specific work product based on his/her own research interests.

The curriculum is designed for anyone interested in learning more about best practices for empirical research in economics, political science, psychology or any other social science discipline. Ideal candidates would have one of the following profiles: (i) graduate or post-graduate student contemplating a research career, (ii) junior faculty eager to join the new movement towards increased transparency, (iii) associate editor from academic publications curious about the implications for his/her work, or (iv) any other active researcher interested in using these methods. Diversity both in terms of background and academic discipline is encouraged.

This workshop is sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Center for Open Science (supported by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation).

Application: Participants will be chosen through a competitive selection process. Apply using the Summer Program portal (by clicking on the "Registration & Fees" tab at the top of this page) by providing your information and selecting the course. Also, upload the following documents via the portal:

  • Current curriculum vita or resume
  • Cover letter outlining your interest in the workshop, how you have heard about it, and what you hope to get out of these four days.
  • A letter of reference is optional.

Deadline: The deadline for applying has already passed and no new applications will be accepted. Accepted participants will be notified within approximately two weeks.

Fee: There are no tuition fees for this workshop. Stipends for travel and accommodation will be available for a limited number of accepted participants.

Please contact Guillaume Kroll (gkroll [at] berkeley [dot] edu) with any questions.

Agenda for the workshop.

Tags: transparency, replication, reproducibility

Course Sections

Section 1

Location: University of California, Berkeley -- Berkeley, CA

Date(s): June 2 - June 6

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Instructor(s):

  • Maya Petersen, University of California at Berkeley
  • Scott Desposato, University of California at San Diego
  • Kevin Esterling, University of California at Riverside
  • Katherine E. Casey, Stanford University
  • Mercè Crosas, Harvard University
  • Leif Nelson, University of California at Berkeley
  • Uri Simonsohn, University of Pennsylvania
  • Thad Dunning, University of California at Berkeley
  • Edward Miguel, University of California at Berkeley

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