My colleague Alex Sutherland (Twitter: @as2140) and I have written a short piece on replication for the Alliance for Useful Evidence Blog.
Social science and replication
The hesitation to reproduce and replicate datasets inhibits clarity and can obscure research results. Alex Sutherland and Nicole Janz argue for a cultural shift to demand more replication of results which can help policymakers and academics alike to bring greater legitimacy and relevance to research.
Social science is broken. The far-too-prevalent reporting of ‘statistically significant’ results, results ‘bordering on significance’ creeping in, focusing on significance rather than significance and effect size, undeclared conflicts of interest, weak or non-existent peer-review processes, or unwillingness to retract articles, create headaches for anyone trying to make sense of research output in social science (and science in general).
But all is not lost. … [Read the full article on the Alliance for Useful Evidence Blog, published Dec 13, 2013].