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'An Existential Crisis' for Science

What is the replication crisis? In its most basic sense, the replication crisis refers to a pattern of scientists being unable to obtain the same results previous investigators found.

At its most expansive, the crisis threatens the scientific enterprise itself, leading to questions not just about research practices and methods, but the very reliability of scientific results. It is what IPR education researcher and statistician Larry Hedges has called “an existential crisis” for science.

Where does addressing the replication crisis stand today? Four of our faculty experts shed light on how science can repair itself.


Alondra Nelson to Deliver Northwestern Distinguished Lecture

Acclaimed sociologist and writer Alondra Nelson, a top AI expert and former Biden White House official, is the featured speaker for our Distinguished Public Policy Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 27 at 4 p.m. Register today for the in-person-only lecture. 

Research News

Elizabeth Tipton to Become a 2024 AERA Fellow

IPR statistician Elizabeth Tipton has been named a fellow by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary association devoted to scientific education research.

Faculty Research in Brief

This month’s new research from our faculty experts examines age disparities in anxiety and depression during the pandemic and how many billionaires have sought and held political office.

How Did Parents Talk to Their Children About Black Lives Matter?

IPR developmental psychologist Onnie Rogers finds in the study that many parents spoke to their children about Black Lives Matter (BLM) within a year of the 2020 murder of George Floyd. However, the language parents used to explain BLM differed by their race. 

Faculty Insights

Taylor Swift "looks a lot like Oprah in '08, and I think she could have a very large effect on enthusiasm in this election."
Working Papers

Our monthly working paper newsletter highlights the newest additions from our faculty experts, but you can always view all of IPR’s working papers on our website. Sign up to receive notification of our newest working papers here.
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