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!