Our reproducible research and statistics training helps researchers improve the openness and rigor of their work, and get the most out of their research tools.

We offer a series of free, regularly scheduled workshops on topics related to open, reproducible research. See our calendar below to check out the current topics and schedule.

COS offers free statistical and methodological consulting to researchers to help them increase the reproducibility and replicability of their work. Consults are done over email and/or google hangouts. Email stats-consulting@cos.io with your questions. We aim to respond within 1-2 business days. Please include data, syntax, and output files, when applicable. Some examples of what we can help with:

  • Conducting power analyses
  • Conducting meta-analyses
  • Using R
  • Using the OSF
  • Prergistering analysis plans
  • Creating lab workflows to increase transparency

This service is provided in partnership with the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS)

What we can do

We handle a variety of statistical and methodological questions related to reproducible practices, research designs, data analysis, and data management. We can:

  • Help you integrate reproducible research practices into your workflow
  • Consult on the choice and application of statistical methods
  • Introduce tools (e.g. the OSF) to streamline your workflow
  • Aid in understanding and interpreting statistical analysis
  • Help you implement new trends in methods and practices (e.g. cumulative meta-analyses and confidence intervals)

Example Questions:

  • I’m starting a new line of research, so I’m unsure about what the effect size for my studies will be. How would I do a power analysis to inform my planned sample size?
  • I want to start using the OSF, but I’m not sure quite where to start. Can you give suggestions on how to get started?
  • How do I calculate confidence intervals for my effect size?

What we can’t do

  • Write programs to perform your data analyses for you: We can suggest resources, show you example code or code outlines, and help you work through coding bugs when you get stuck, but we cannot write the programs for you.
  • Perform or write up your data analyses for you: We are happy to provide support and suggestions for data analysis and interpretation, but we cannot actually perform these analyses or write them up for you.
  • Turn back time to meet urgent deadlines.
  • Help you complete your coursework.

The Center offers free, hands-on workshops to teach researchers practical steps to increase the reproducibility and transparency of their work. The typical workshop lasts 3 hours and covers topics including:

  • Project documentation
  • Employing version control
  • Creating pre-analysis plans
  • Using the Open Science Framework
  • Potential benefits to researchers for engaging in open practices

Workshops can be geared towards a general research audience, or towards a particular discipline, e.g. biomedical researchers. You can see a list of previous institutions where we have given workshops, as well as example promotional materials and workshop slidedecks on our OSF page.

Interested in having a workshop at your institution or organization? Contact us here.


Helpful hints that save time

Yes, workshops are really free. We set a minimum number of RSVPs that is tied to our travel costs, but there are no costs to your institution or organization for workshops. A grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation pays all travel costs associated with workshops.

Because the workshop is hands-on, we generally try to keep the number of people in workshops to 30-40 people to make sure that participants can get individual attention. If there is a higher demand, we are happy to give multiple workshops to accomodate more participants.

We will come up with a minimum RSVP for each institution individually, based on a combination of the costs associated with travel and our past experience with attendance rates compared to RSVP numbers.

Workshops are generally best for any scholars who are engaged in quantitative research, though we can give workshops that are geared towards one particular discipline, e.g. psychology, if there is demand for that. Our general audience is a combination of graduate students and faculty, and we also often have members of the library staff and research staff in attendance.

Yes, it is fine to record a workshop and make it available later for reseachers who were unable to attend the workshops. However, we do not currently allow workshops to be live-streamed.

We also archive our training sessions as video in case you can't make the sessions when they occur.