Conference Speakers

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm

New Frontiers in Social Science Research: Using “Heavy Data” to Re-Think How We Generate Knowledge 

John Hitchcock, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Instructional Systems Technology
Director, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy
Indiana University, Bloomington


John Hitchcock, Ph.D.

Seeking to offer a modest prediction of a research future from within his own field, Dr. Hitchcock will address the idea of dramatic change in social science research shifting from the idea of “big data” to “heavy data.”  

Considering smaller datasets like state-level datasets, U.S. Department of Education Datasets, Census Bureau information, Crime and Health data, and so on, it may be possible to begin to pull in some bigger data from our friends at Google.  

Putting aside some logistical issues, how far away are we from developing software packages that provide easy access to these datasets and visualization features that will allow us to understand communities, neighborhoods, and schools in new and deeper ways?

In short, we would have a new frontier in how we engage in social science research that could be essential for solving any number of problems. With this background, Dr. Hitchcock will present some very fledgling steps he and his colleagues have thought about so far to achieve such a future.  

A discussion is expected, as he will invite ideas for how we might start to think very differently about using heavy data to re-think our engagement in social science research.



Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 11:00 am

Translating Research into Practice

Jill Bradley-Levine, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Educational Studies
Ball State University


Jill Bradley-Levine, Ph.D.

Within each profession, research is carried out for a variety of reasons. Further, researchers utilize distinct methodologies that do not always align. Nevertheless, most researchers are likely to agree that they approach their work as both an occasion to learn something new, and as an opportunity to positively impact people.

The translational research model offers a framework for helping us focus our research on the human impact of our work. Through its emphasis on engaging with the individuals who are most affected by the research, this model provides a practical approach to conducting research with human outcomes in mind.

Dr. Bradley-Levine will share examples from her work to demonstrate translational research as a theoretical and applied approach.

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