Opinion Series: Transparency in Social Science Research 1

The CEGA Development Blog is thrilled to host its very first opinion series – hopefully the first of many – in which we will feature commentary from academics, practitioners, and other experts on timely issues pertinent to development economics.  We hope the forum will inspire lively discussion and debate. Please share your reactions and insights by commenting on this page as well as on individual posts (you can do this by clicking “reply” at the top of each page).

The topic of this inaugural forum – research transparency – corresponds with the launch of the new Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS). The goal of BITSS, which emerged from a 2012 meeting at UC Berkeley, is to harness the diverse insights and experiences of those who have, for some time now, been contemplating the use of study registration, pre-analysis plans, data-sharing, and other methods for raising the standard of rigor in their respective fields. The ten posts in this series (linked below) represent some, but certainly not all, of these experiences  - we hope you’ll propel the dialogue forward by adding your voice!

1. Ted “An Open Discussion on Promoting Transparency in Social Science Research”


Edward Miguel
UC Berkeley, Economics

2. Don Green “Bayes’ Rule and the Paradox of Pre-Registration of RCTs”


Donald P. Green
Columbia, Political Science

3. Macartan Humphreys “Monkey Business”


Macartan Humphreys
Columbia, Political Science

4. Maya PetersenAlan HubbardMark van der Laan “Targeted Learning from Data: Valid Statistical Inference using Data Adaptive Methods”


Maya Petersen, Alan Hubbard, and Mark van der Laan
UC Berkeley, Statistics

5. David Laitin “Transparency and Pre-Analysis Plans: Lessons from Public Health”


David Laitin
Stanford, Political Science

6. Gabriel Lenz “Freedom! Pre-Analysis Plans and Complex Analysis”


Gabriel Lenz
UC Berkeley, Political Science

7. Richard Sedlmayr “The Need for Pre-Analysis: First Things First”


Richard Sedlmayr
Philanthropic Advisor

8. Kevin Esterling “Transparency-Inducing Institutions and Legitimacy”


Kevin Esterling
UC Riverside, Political Science

9. Temina Madon “Research Transparency in the Natural Sciences: What Can We Learn?”


Temina Madon
UC Berkeley, Center for Effective Global Action

10. Carson Christiano “The Role of Failure in Promoting Transparency”


Carson Christiano
UC Berkeley, Center for Effective Global Action

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