Teaching Integrity in Empirical Research (Project TIER)

Are you looking for ways to teach students how to conduct rigorous and responsible empirical research?  Richard Ball and Norm Medeiros of Haverford College have created a protocol (Project TIER) to teach students how to assemble comprehensive documentation of the data management and analysis they do in the course of writing an original empirical research paper.  

In a recent interview with Chelcie Rowell (Digital Initiatives Librarian, Wake Forest University), Ball and Medeiros describe how Project TIER got started and discuss the benefits of teaching students responsible methods of documenting their empirical research:
"Even for students who do not go on to professional research careers, the exercise of carefully documenting the work they do with their data has important pedagogical benefits. When students know from the outset that they will be required to turn in documentation showing how they arrive at the results they report in their papers, they approach their projects in a much more organized way and keep much better track of their work at every phase of the research. Their understanding of what they are doing is therefore substantially enhanced, and I in turn am able to offer much more effective guidance when they come to me for help. 
Despite these benefits, methods of responsible research documentation are virtually, if not entirely, absent from the curricula of all the social sciences. Through Project TIER, we are engaging in a variety of activities that we hope will help change that situation."

For more information on Project TIER, including detailed instructions for using the protocol with your students and examples of completed student research projects, please visit http://www.haverford.edu/TIER/

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Other helpful resources:
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/landing.jsp
openICPSR: http://www.openicpsr.org/
Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS): http://bitss.org/
Center for Open Science: http://centerforopenscience.org/
Frederique Laubepin

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