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Platform for Research Optimization and Creation of Experiments in Social Science (PROCESS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W911NF-17-P-0002
Agency Tracking Number: D162-003-0094
Amount: $149,962.55
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB162-003
Solicitation Number: 2016.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-12-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-01-28
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Amy Sliva
 Senior Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
 asliva@cra.com
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Email: contracts@cra.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To better understand the world around them, social scientists develop models and theories of human behavior and interaction that they empirically test through a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques. However, current methodological paradigms often introduce biases through sampling constraints and data analysis techniques that make the results of social science experiments hard to replicate, validate, and generalize. Augmenting existing approaches with tools that provide methodological guidance and deeper insights into the relationships between experimental design and outcomes across the research community can help mitigate some of these biases and lead to more reliable results. To address these requirements, we propose to design and demonstrate a Platform for Research Optimization and Creation of Experiments in Social Science (PROCESS). PROCESS is a community-driven platform that supports information sharing among social scientists, meta-analysis of empirical research, and workflows for adaptive experimental design.

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