Workshop in Methods (WIM)

The Workshop in Methods (WIM) was created in 2009 with the mission of providing introductory education and training in sophisticated research methods to graduate students and faculty in the social sciences at Indiana University. Our goal is to supplement statistics and methods courses across the Bloomington campus with topical workshops led by leading methodological scholars from IU and across the United States.

WIM is currently directed by Patricia McManus, working with the WIM advisory committee and the Social Science Research Commons. The initial idea for WIM began with Scott Long, who discussed his vision with Dr. William Alex Pridemore. Pridemore created WIM and directed the series until 2013.

If you would like to receive updates from WIM – including announcements of upcoming presentations – you can join our mailing list by sending an email request to ssrc@indiana.edu.

Upcoming Workshops

Fall 2017

Friday, January 26, 2018

Dr. Richard Ball and Norm Medeiros, "Documenting Quantitative Research for Transparency and Reproducibility:  Principles and Standards"

2-3:30pm (talk) and 4-5pm (hands-on workshop), Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

This talk will present a set of standards for the replication documentation (data, code, and supporting information) that authors should assemble and make public when they release studies reporting the results of research based on analysis of statistical data.  We will begin from first principles:  What purposes is replication documentation intended to serve?  And what must be true of the contents and organization of the documentation for a study if it is to fulfill those purposes?  We will then describe how these general principles are embodied in the particular documentation standards we propose.  Further discussion will include: (i) a comparison of our proposed standards with existing guidelines, such as TOPS, DA-RT, the BITSS Manual, and the "data policies" that have been adopted by a number of prominent journals, (ii) using the Open Science Framework (OSF), an on-line file management platform, for assembling and sharing replication documentation, and (iii) the curricular resources that are being produced by Project TIER for teaching and learning reproducible research methods.

Individualized hands-on workshop:  After their talk, Norm and Richard will be available to work with anyone interested in a more in-depth and hands-on exploration of any related topics.  Ex ante, our agenda is to go into more detail about using OSF--as a tool for managing a reproducible workflow for an individual project (like a doctoral dissertation or any empirical research paper) and/or as a platform to have students use for class exercises and projects.  But the session will be informal, flexible, and driven by the preferences of the participants.  We will start by having a quick discussion to learn what people are most interested in exploring, and update our ex ante agenda based on this new information.  We have a variety of demos and exercises we could present and work through, and we would also be happy to give one-on-one consultation and advice.

Participants planning to attend the hands-on workshop may bring their own laptops or use computers available at the SSRC.  Anyone interested in getting advice about managing a current or imminent research project should bring any data, code and related files that they have already assembled for the project.

This workshop will begin about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the talk,  and continue until (i) the participants have had enough, (ii) Norm and Richard lose steam, or (iii)  IU security comes around to turn out the lights and lock the door (whichever comes first).

Richard Ball is Professor of Economics at Haverford College.  His primary teaching areas are game theory and statistical methods, and he supervises several senior theses every year.  His research has included theoretical papers on political economy and empirical work on development and social issues. He earned his B.A. at Williams College (self-designed major in cultural anthropology and African studies); his M.S. at Michigan State University (agricultural economics); and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley (agricultural and resource economics). Richard has studied or worked in Sierra Leone, Chad, Egypt and Côte d'Ivoire.

Norm Medeiros is Associate Librarian at Haverford College (PA) where he oversees the collection management and metadata services division of the Libraries. Norm has been active in the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) for many years, serving as its president for the 2015-2016 term. He has been co-Director of Project TIER (www.projecttier.org) with Richard Ball since they launched the initiative in 2013.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Data sharing in the social sciences: A panel and discussion

2-3:30pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

Friday, February 9, 2018

Helge Marahrens, "Introduction to Python for Social Scientists"

2-4pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

This workshop is offered in collaboration with the Indiana Intensive Didactic Seminar.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield

3-4:30pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

Adia Harvey Wingfield is Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis. She specializes in research that examines the ways intersections of race, gender, and class affect social processes at work. Prior to her talk at the Workshop in Methods, she will speak at the Karl F. Schuessler Institute for Social Research (1022 E. Third St.) on "Professional Work in a ‘Postracial' Era: Black Health Care Workers in the New Economy," 12-1:30pm.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Dr. Olga Scrivner, "Introduction to Webscraping with Python"

2-4pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

This workshop is offered in collaboration with the Indiana Intensive Didactic Seminar.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Dr. John Kruschke, "The Role of Bayesian Methods in Replication"

2-4pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

John K. Kruschke is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University 
Adjunct Professor of Statistics

Friday, March 30, 2018

Dr. Victoria Reyes

2-4pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

Victoria Reyes is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Riverside.