Skarpeid NEW research transparency catalyst
PhD student Ingvild Skarpeid is a Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) catalyst.
Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences
The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) was established by the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) in 2012 by Edward Miguel. BITSS works to strengthen the integrity of social science research and evidence used for policy-making. The initiative aims to enhance the practices of economists, psychologists, political scientists, and other social scientists in ways that promote research transparency, reproducibility, and openness.
BITSS provides thought leadership for the “open social science” movement and the catalyst programme is part of building a strong network of transparent research.
The Catalyst Program
BITSS Catalysts are graduate students, academic faculty and other researchers in the social sciences who are committed to changing norms by educating the current and next generation of economists, psychologists, political scientists, and other social scientists on transparency tools and practices. We are lucky to have PhD student Ingvild Skarpeid as our catalyst.
Catalysts should deliver at least one training per academic year on research transparency. Catalysts can identify the appropriate delivery mechanisms for integrating training on research transparency, including integrating into existing curricula, seminars, workshops, or boot camps.
Catalysts share existing resources and new materials that complement and extend the BITSS library, as well as provide feedback on the existing BITSS educational materials library. All materials will be shared through OSF, GitHub, or other sharing mechanisms for the benefit of other Catalysts and the broader community.
Catalysts lead advocacy efforts that will affect policy change at the department or academic senate levels (e.g. among university governing bodies). This may include writing blogs, OpEd pieces, meeting with administrators and other decision makers to discuss and develop additions and or revisions to curriculum.