The Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s (LJAF) core objective is to address our nation’s most pressing and persistent challenges using evidence-based, multi-disciplinary approaches. LJAF strives to create functional solutions that target the root causes, not just the symptoms, of these problems. The solutions must be both scalable nationally and sustainable without permanent philanthropy. Current investments are focused on evidence-based policy and innovation, research integrity, science and technology, public accountability, criminal justice, and education. In addition, LJAF has an active venture development group that seeks high-leverage opportunities in a wide range of areas, including health care and structural transparency.
Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) was established in 2012 to strengthen the quality of research and evidence used for policy-making and public decision-making. BITSS activities are targeted to achieve five outcomes:
- Increase access to transparency tools and resourcesby (i) funding research through the SSMART Grant program, (ii) developing the Manual of Best Practices in Transparent Social Science Research, (iii) delivering Summer Institutes and workshops, and (iv) promoting existing resources through our website;
- Deliver transparency coursework by harnessing the BITSS network of advocates, practitioners, and faculty, and by developing an Ambassador program to expand education on research transparency;
- Generate incentives for the adoption of transparent practices through programs such as the Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science;
- Improve our understanding of the lack of transparency – and our ability to monitor progress – through the SSMART grant program and the forthcoming BITSS study; and
- Increase funders’ and policymakers’ demand for transparent research through publications and activities like the collaboration on the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines.
The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit technology startup founded in 2013 with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS pursues this mission by building communities around open science practices, supporting metascience research, and developing and maintaining free, open source software tools. The Open Science Framework (OSF), COS’s flagship product, is a web application that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research. Researchers can use the OSF to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data. Learn more at cos.io and osf.io.
The EQUATOR(Enhancing the Quality and Transparency Of health Research) Network is an international collaboration of people with a mutual interest in improving the reliability and value of published health research literature. EQUATOR brings together researchers, medical journal editors, peer reviewers, developers of reporting guidelines, research funding bodies and others to achieve accurate, complete, and transparent reporting of health research studies. Our work helps minimise the waste of financial and human investment in health research and increases its power to improve patient care.
The EQUATOR Network has the following major goals:
- Maintain and develop our comprehensive collection of up-to-date online resources related to health research reporting (Library for health research reporting)
- Promote the use of reporting guidelines and good research reporting practices through an education andtraining programme
- Assist in the development, dissemination and implementation of reporting guidelines
- Support journals, universities and other organisations in implementing reporting guidelines by providing practical toolkits.
- Undertake research into new ways to increase the value of health research
- Grow our international network of EQUATOR centres to improve health research reporting worldwide
HealthNewsReview.org is a web-based project in which a team of reviewers systematically applies 10 standardized criteria to the review of health care news stories and news releases that include claims about interventions. The project’s goal is to improve the public dialogue about health care by helping people think more critically about claims coming from any source. In 2015, HealthNewsReview.org began applying criteria to the review of health care news releases as well – from government agencies, journals, academic medical centers, and the drug and device industries. The website also includes a blog, with a more freewheeling style, discussing other issues concerning media messages about health care- including media ethics issues, journal publishing practices, advertising, marketing and public relations. The team of contributors numbers more than 40 - all trained in the evaluation of evidence – physicians, researchers, journalists, public health grad students and a couple of patients.
Science Exchange brings science-based institutions and companies together with leading research facilities to deliver faster project initiation, streamlined legal compliance, and better research for all. Founded in 2011, Science Exchange now has a membership of thousands of service providers catering to the commercial, academic and government research markets. Science Exchange offers an online Marketplace where scientists buy and sell services, as well as a Concierge service where Science Exchange team members work with scientists to find service providers.