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<p>Welcome to the March 2016 Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)/Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) workshop outside Nairobi, Kenya. Here you'll find the agenda, slides, download instructions, etc.</p> <p>Within the files page: you'll find materials for the Markdoc and Git sessions (linked from Github). Within OSF storage in the files section, you'll find the agenda, background, and presentations as well as resources used during the workshop.</p> <p>If you have questions regarding the workshop, please contact Alex Wais (awais@berkeley.edu) or Stephanie Wykstra (wykstra@poverty<a href="http://-action.org" rel="nofollow">-action.org</a>).</p> <p><strong>Software Download Instructions:</strong></p> <p>We will cover a few software tools that can help researchers develop a more reproducible workflow. Please complete the following <em>before</em> the beginning of the workshop.</p> <ol> <li>The Open Science Framework. Create a free user account at <a href="1" rel="nofollow">http://osf.io</a>. (If you're reading this, you're already there!) There is no software to download.</li> <li>Markdoc for creating dynamic documents in Stata. In Stata, run the command "ssc install markdoc". If you have previously installed Markdoc, please make sure it is updated by running the comman "adoupdate". (Note that markdoc requires Stata 11.1 or higher.</li> <li>Download and install <a href="http://markdownpad.com/" rel="nofollow">Markdownpad</a> (For Windows users. Apple users can try <a href="http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/download.html" rel="nofollow">TextWrangler</a>). These aren't strictly necessary, but any dynamic document requires that you use some sort of syntax or markup language. (Markdoc allows HTML, LaTeX, and Markdown which is by far the easiest.) These text editors let you <em>render</em> Markdown. A guide for Markdown is <a href="https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax" rel="nofollow">here</a>.</li> <li>Create a free <a href="http://www.github.com" rel="nofollow">Github</a> user account and download GitHub's <a href="http://desktop.github.com" rel="nofollow">Desktop application</a>. </li> <li>OPTIONAL: If you're programming savvy, have a good Internet connection, and are interested in more powerful tools, you might be interested in LaTeX and R Markdown/R Studio. Installation instructions are <a href="http://www.bitss.org/2016/01/08/open-source-software-for-reproducible-social-science/" rel="nofollow">here</a>.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Data Download Instructions:</strong></p> <p>We will have time during the workshop to work hands on with data. For those of you who do not have your own dataset with which you are working, we have provided a pair of datasets from published articles that you should download ahead of time. Those who have their own data may still want to download the data and try and see what is required to reproduce the authors' original results.</p> <ol> <li>Data from "Ruggedness: the Blessing of Bad Geography in Africa" by Nathan Nunn and Diego Puga (REStat 2012, <a href="http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/REST_a_00161#.VtUwMeZJ2VA" rel="nofollow">gated</a>). Download from <a href="https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataset.xhtml?persistentId=hdl:1902.1/17692" rel="nofollow">Dataverse</a>.</li> <li>Data from "Cash or Condition?" by Sarah Baird, Craigh McIntosh, and Berk Özler (QJE 2011, <a href="https://qje.oxfordjournals.org/content/126/4/1709.abstract" rel="nofollow">gated</a>). Download directly from this OSF project page, within <a href="https://osf.io/45286/files/" rel="nofollow">"Component: Data from Cash or Condition" folder</a>.</li> </ol>
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