Ken Abrams
Associate Professor of Psychology, Carleton College

Professor Abrams attended the March 2014 Project TIER workshop and plans to adapt the protocol for use with psychology students, who more often collect than import data. In particular, he envisions teaching components of the protocol to junior psychology majors taking the capstone seminar, which prepares them to do thesis work the following year. Additionally, he intends to incorporate components of the protocol into his own research lab (which studies the biological underpinnings of panic disorder), so that students who flow into and out of his lab have a uniform understanding of proper ways of documenting data.

Kathy R. Berenson
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Gettysburg College

Professor Berenson attended the March 2014 Project TIER workshop and fully supports its emphasis on proper documentation of scientific work as essential to the standard of research replicability which must be impressed upon all future social scientists. Starting in Fall 2014 she will begin teaching components of the protocol to psychology majors completing capstone projects and to the student research assistants conducting studies of personality in her lab.

David Blanding
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies

David Blanding attended the Project TIER workshop at Haverford College in the spring of 2014, while holding a post-doctoral fellowship at the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University. In the summer of 2014 he worked with three undergraduate students on a mixed methodological project, for which he developed a data management and documentation system built on the principles of the TIER protocol, but adapted to accommodate several different forms of data being used in the project. In the fall of 2014, he joined the department of political science at McDaniel College, where he plans to continue sharing the TIER protocol with students and colleagues.

Jay Chen
Assistant Professor of Finance, Coe College

Professor Chen attended the October 2013 TIER workshop. He is involved in a wonderful student summer research program at Coe College called the Spellman Research Fund. Student participants use a summer or two to conduct faculty-supervised research projects, which are often turned into their senior theses. The protocol he learned from TIER is a perfect idea for his student researchers. Professor Chen plans to adopt it. Students will not only learn how to document unprocessed and processed data appropriately, but will also understand the most important part of scientific research: replicability.

Mark C. Foley
Professor of Economics, Davidson College

Professor Foley attended the October 2013 Project TIER workshop. He is incorporating the data management protocol into his Statistics and Econometrics courses in which students conduct individual research projects. His Statistics course utilizes Excel, so he has been working on adapting the principles of integrity from the workshop to work within the confines of Excel.

Charlotte Flynn
Doctoral Student, Syracuse University

Charlotte is a doctoral student in Information Science and Technology at Syracuse University. She attended the TIER workshop held at Haverford College in October 2013.

Michael O'Hara
Assistant Professor of Economics, Colgate University

Michael O'Hara attended the March 2014 Project TIER workshop. He is introducing students to the TIER protocol in his applied econometrics course, where they complete their first empirical research projects, as well as making it a mandatory component of his senior seminar in environmental and resource economics, and for the theses of his honors students. He is also adopting it for his own current research, and is trying to work backward to more fully document his previous publications.

Peter Rogers
Associate Professor, Information Literacy and Social Sciences Librarian, Colgate University

Professor Rogers attended the October 2013 Project TIER workshop and is incorporating material he learned there into a number of ongoing initiatives at the Colgate University Libraries. Working with faculty from the Sociology and Anthropology Department, he has created Colgate SOAN Student Research Data Archive on Dataverse. He is also working on Colgate University Libraries’ Social Science Research Data Services Policy, which will include a section on data management and curation. In the spring of 2014, he will be exploring the possibility of supporting Colgate’s Economics Department and Environmental Studies Program archiving student-generated research data.

Tara Watson
Associate Professor of Economics, Williams College

Professor Watson attended the October 2013 Project TIER workshop and plans to incorporate the data management protocol into her Spring 2013 courses. These include Econometrics and a senior seminar titled "Your Money or Your Life: Health Disparities in the United States." She will be giving an informal talk to the Williams College Economics department in November 2013 on methods for research documentation in undergraduate teaching.


Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS)

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) is a new effort to promote transparency in empirical social science research. The program is fostering an active network of social science researchers and institutions committed to strengthening scientific integrity in economics, political science, behavioral science, and related disciplines. Central to the BITSS effort is the identification of useful strategies and tools for maintaining research transparency, including the use of study registries, pre-analysis plans, data sharing, and replication.


Dataverse is an open source software framework for publishing, citing and preserving research data with a repository at Harvard that is open to all scientific data from all disciplines worldwide. It includes the world's largest collection of social science research data. Dataverse supports the sharing of research data with a persistent data citation, and data publishing and management workflows with versioning and metadata standards.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

ICPSR advances and expands social and behavioral research, acting as a global leader in data stewardship and providing rich data resources and responsive educational opportunities for present and future generations.

Open Science Framework (OSF)

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is an open source, free use web app designed to help researchers organize and share their work. The OSF provides back end, structural support for Project TIER, enabling students to host and easily access project materials.