CDS 2022 Pre-Conference

April 21, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin, United States


Big Team Science for Studying Small People

The growth in recent years of ‘Big Team Science’ (BTS) networks in developmental psychology (and beyond) has allowed scientists to come together to conduct projects and create tools that are beyond the scope of any individual lab. Collaborative networks such as the Open Science Collaboration, the Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA), and ManyBabies (MB) have produced large-scale replications and expansions of landmark findings. Further, groups like Children Helping Science (CHS), Databrary, and Lookit have created novel tools and infrastructure for collecting and sharing data.

As these developmental BTS organizations have grown and matured, they have unlocked new potential for collaborations and best practices, but they have also uncovered new challenges. These organizations are increasingly working together and incorporating insights gained from BTS collaborations beyond developmental psychology (e.g., from the PSA) to address these challenges and advance their missions. This workshop will bring these groups together as a ‘network of networks’ to present their findings, discuss successes and challenges, and share best practices and guidance for conducting and participating in large-scale collaborations and/or using the tools developed by these organizations.

This pre-conference will consist of research talks and updates from members of MB, PLAY, Databrary, Lookit, CHS, and PSA as well as practical tutorials on how to get involved in BTS and use the research tools and infrastructure developed by these organizations. Current members of these groups AND anyone interested in getting involved or using these tools will benefit from the workshop and leave with a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges of conducting Big Team Science for Studying Small People.

Faculty: $20
Students/Postdocs: Free
Includes lunch and coffee breaks


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(all times in CDT, local Madison time)

Morning Session:

9:00 - 9:15 – Welcome: Introduction/goals of the workshop (Organizers: Heidi Baumgartner, Michael Frank, Melissa Kline Struhl)

9:15 - 10:00 – ManyBabies updates and research results (Casey Lew-Williams, Kiley Hamlin, ManyBabies Governing Board)

10:00 - 10:30 – The PLAY Project (Rick Gilmore)

10:30 - 10:45 – Coffee break

10:45 - 11:15 – Insights from the Psychological Science Accelerator (Nicholas Coles)

11:15 - 12:00 – The potential for online data collection to facilitate Big Team Science (BTS), including:

  • Comparison of online and lab studies (Aaron Chuey)
  • Strengths/limits of online studies (Moira Dillon)

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch break

Afternoon Session:

1:00 - 1:30 – Doing asynchronous studies using Lookit (Lookit, Melissa Kline Struhl)

1:30 - 2:00 – Doing synchronous studies on Zoom (Children Helping Science, Mark Sheskin)

2:00 - 3:00 – Breakout discussions: Creating inclusive BTS projects (ManyBabies, Psych Science Accelerator, PLAY project)

3:00 - 3:15 – Coffee break

3:15 - 3:45 – Data management for BTS (Rick Gilmore)

3:45 - 4:30 – Closing session: Open discussion to discuss ideas/concerns/future directions & brainstorm to create communal “wish list” for BTS infrastructure and/or policies


Big Team Science for Studying Small People gratefully acknowledges funding from: