Research Transparency in the Social Sciences

BITSS Transparency and Reproducibility in the Social Sciences


February 10, 2016
12:00pm to 1:00pm
San Diego, CA


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A Reproducible Workflow: hands-on introduction to version control and dynamic documents to improve your research This workshop will introduce you to free software tools that can help make your research more transparent and reproducible. Working through a hands-on example of a research project from beginning to end, I will introduce you to R Studio, R Markdown, Git and GitHub, and the Open Science Framework, and together we will walk through the steps required to register a project, conduct analysis, save documents with version control, and post data in a trusted public repository. We will focus on version controland dynamic documents, which allow you to do statistical analysis and write your final paper all in one document. This allows for a completely reproducible paper from beginning to end with just one mouse click. For this workshop, visit the following page and install software tools before the workshop: for instructions.


Garret Christensen

BIDS Alum – BIDS Data Science Fellow

Garret Christensen is a Financial Economist in the Division of Insurance and Research at the FDIC. His research interests include housing and consumer finance, poverty programs, and meta-science and reproducibility. Before joining the FDIC, Garret was an Economist with the US Census Bureau, a BIDS Data Science Fellow, and a research fellow with the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), a program of the Center for Effective Global Action. He also taught economics at Swarthmore College and conducted water, sanitation, and hygiene research in western Kenya. He received his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and has since conducted research for the WASH Benefits public health randomized trial for Innovations for Poverty Action and Emory University and has taught economics at Swarthmore College.