In 2016, Project TIER launched a new program of workshops designed to introduce graduate students in the social sciences to transparent and reproducible methods of empirical research.  These workshops focus on efficient and reproducible workflows, online tools for project management like the Open Science Framework and GitHub, and professional standards for documenting empirical research.  The short-term goal is to introduce students to methods that will be useful in their thesis and dissertation work; the long-run goal is to improve practices and strengthen norms of research transparency among future cohorts of professional social scientists.

These workshops are offered on an on-demand basis to individual graduate programs or departments, and are held on the campus of the host institution. We are happy to work with individual programs in any field of social science to develop an agenda that suits the particular needs of the department. 

The graduate student workshops offered to date include:

  • Duke University, Department of Economics, February 12, 2016.
  • University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology, April 12, 2016.
  • Clark University, Department of Economics, April 22, 2016.
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, School of Education, May 16, 2016.
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, September 9, 2016.

Faculty, students and/or administrators from departments interested in holding a workshop are invited to contact us at