ISM and IHE meeting

Just spent last week with some colleagues from the Institute of Statistical Mathematics. We were hosted by the Institute of Higher Education in Athens, due to their recent signing of an MOU with ISM. I’ve been involved with some projects with the ISM folks, and we met to discuss collaborative research projects on faculty productivity…

Become a What Works Clearinghouse reviewer

Have you ever wanted to become a What Works Clearinghouse Certified Reviewer? Now is your chance! The WWC has launched online training and certification for Version 4.0 of Group Design Standards to make it easier to become a certified reviewer. The online training consists of a series of nine modules led by an experienced WWC instructor. The content is the same that we…

New workshop on field experiments

We’re pleased to announce a new workshop in our schedule: Introduction to experimental methods in the social & behavioral sciences (May 3rd, 12-4 PM EST, $175) http://www.percontor.org/upcoming-workshop/experimental-methods-social-behavioral-sciences/ During the past decade, experiments in the social and behavioral sciences have gained in popularity as the internet has made implementing experiments easier, cheaper, and faster.  However, although…

IES Cluster-Randomized Trials Summer Institute

I did this several years ago, it was a great experience: Northwestern University, with a grant from the National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, is providing support for the 2018 Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials. The tenth Summer Training Institute’s…

Geocoding in Stata

I had to geocode about 50,000 addresses for a project recently and found a new user-written Stata command, georoute: https://www.unine.ch/files/live/sites/irene/files/shared/documents/Publications/Working%20papers/2016/WP_16-10.pdf The authors argue their command is easier to use than others, some of which apparently don’t work anymore. The major issue for all of these commands appears to be the source dataset. Turns out it…

College dropout refuses to leave her dorm room

I now know where my retirement home will be. Hunter College is waging a court battle to evict a stubborn student who refuses to leave her dorm room some two years after dropping out. Delaware native Lisa S. Palmer — who has not paid rent since 2016 — refuses to leave Room E579 at the…

More data on how school shootings rarely occur

From the researcher at Northeastern who wrote the USA Today op-ed; there are some nice graphics. Mass school shootings are incredibly rare events. In research publishing later this year, Fox and doctoral student Emma Fridel found that on average, mass murders occur between 20 and 30 times per year, and about one of those incidents…

Jobs on the right in data and analytics

From the Polmeth listserv: There’s a new jobs board available for those interested in data and digital work on the right side of the political spectrum. It’s run by Eric Wilson, formerly of the Rubio campaign and Ed Gillespie’s gubernatorial and senatorial efforts. https://jobs.learntestoptimize.com Best, LT ************************************************************** Political Methodology E-Mail List Editors: Jonathan Homola  <homola@wustl.edu>…