Research Project

Institutional Review Boards (IRB) Fundamentals

March 17, 2022, 3:00pm
Are you starting a research project at UC Berkeley that involves human subjects? If so, one of the first steps you will need to take is getting IRB approval.

PoliPy: A Python Library for Scraping and Analyzing Privacy Policies

February 8, 2022

In light of recent scandals involving the misuse and improper handling of personal data by large corporations, advocacy groups and regulators alike have given increased attention to the issue of consumer privacy [e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. National and local governments have been enacting privacy legislation that requires companies to minimize the amount of data they collect, deters the collection of sensitive data, limits the purposes for which the data are used, and critically, gives users more transparency into data collection and use.

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Understanding how organizational structures interact with psychology to influence academic-related behavior

September 8, 2021
The ways in which educational organizations develop programs, approach pedagogy, and emphasize community building result in similarities and differences across different organizations’ structures. However, past research hasn’t developed a conceptual framework for understanding how differences in organizational structures might influence the educational outcomes of students from different backgrounds. The D-Lab NSF IUSE (Improving Undergraduate STEM Education) team sought to develop such a framework by leveraging past research from the fields of education, history, psychology, and sociology.

Assessing the Effectiveness of a Social Norms-Based Sexual Violence Prevention Digital Campaign on the UC Berkeley Campus

August 31, 2021
In collaboration with the prevention team at the PATH To Care Center (PTC) at the University of California, Berkeley, we experimentally assess the effectiveness of a sexual violence & sexual harassment (SVSH) prevention social media campaign on perceived social norms. Content Warning: This blog post mentions sexual violence & sexual harassment (SVSH)

Hate Speech

The hate speech measurement project began in early 2017 at UC Berkeley’s D-Lab. Our research project applies data science techniques such as machine learning to track changes in hate speech over time and across social media platforms. After three years, we have now published our groundbreaking method that measures hate speech with precision while mitigating the influence of human bias. Read the manuscript here.