Workshops & Webinars

Past Workshops

Spring 2022 CSBS – SSW Poverty Seminar Series

This semester’s talks will focus on poverty reduction via cash transfer programs. During this seminar series, faculty from various disciplines will present their research on program implementation and evaluation and will provide insights on how unconditional cash transfers can affect child development, poverty alleviation, housing, and economic opportunity. Following the speakers’ research presentation, participants will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A.

Distinguished Prof. Greg Duncan

The first seminar of this series featured University of California Irvine School of Education Distinguished Professor Greg Duncan presenting his research on “The causal impact of poverty reduction on infants and their families.”


Prof. Stacia West

The second seminar of this series featured University of Tennessee College of Social Work’s Stacia West, co-founding Director of the Center for Guaranteed Income Research at the University of Pennsylvania, talking about the design, implementation, and first year findings of the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration.

Prof. Daniel Brisson

The third seminar of this series featured University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work’s Daniel Brisson, Director of the Center on Housing and Homelessness, speaking on the launch of the Denver Basic Income Project, an initiative to provide guaranteed income to people experiencing homelessness in Denver.


Dana Kelly

The final seminar of this series featured Senior Public Service Administrator for Illinois Department of Human Services, Dana Kelly discussing the work of the Illinois Commission on Poverty Elimination and Economic Security and the development of All In Illinois, the commission’s new five-year strategy to reduce deep and persistent poverty in the state.


Broader Impacts Workshop

In this virtual workshop, National Science Foundation’s Dr. Antoinette WinklerPrins, Acting Deputy Assistant Director of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, discussed NSF’s broader impacts approach and evaluation criteria for the social and behavioral sciences. View the recording to learn about writing and developing your broader impact statement and listen to your colleagues share their experiences and insights for designing and implementing their broader impacts activities. Read about the CSBS Science & Society Initiative.


Misinformation Research Symposium

This workshop aimed to help connect misinformation researchers on campus, foster interdisciplinary teams interested in collaborating on external submissions, and to learn more about the needs of existing and emerging research groups on campus. The event included opening remarks by Gordon Pennycook, Assistant Professor at the University of Regina, flash talk presentations, and discussion groups.


Fall 2021 CSBS – SSW Poverty Seminar Series

For many low-income families, the COVID-19 pandemic has translated into lost jobs and decreased work hours, putting a strain on already scarce resources. The resulting consequences of such income loss include food insecurity, stress and anxiety, as well as children’s emotional and behavioral problems. During this seminar series, faculty of various disciplines will provide insights into what we can do to address these harmful effects of COVID-19. These experts will present and discuss how different policy interventions affect families’ well-being, specifically when looking at key outcomes such as parental engagement and child development. Following the speakers’ research presentation, participants will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A.

Prof. Eliza Forsythe

The third seminar in this series featured University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Economic and School of Labor and Employment Relations Prof. Eliza Forsythe presenting “Inequality and Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”


Prof. Julia Henly


The second seminar in this series featured University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice Dr. Julia Henly discussing her research on policy measures to increase child care stability for low-income families, and the equity impacts of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reform.

Prof. Ariel Kalil


The first seminar in this series featured University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Dr. Ariel Kalil discussing her research on how parents make decisions to spend time, money, attention, and affection, promoting their child’s development, and why these decision are likely to differ by parental advantage.

CSBS Methods Series

CSBS Methods Series: Machine Learning Workshop for the Social and Behavioral Sciences


This workshop was a hands-on experience where Dr. Fred Oswald demonstrated the use of R and RStudio to conduct predictive modeling and clustering using machine learning algorithms. Participants 1) explored available data sets, 2) ran and discussed a few fundamental machine learning algorithms, and 3) compared the performance of these machine learning models against traditional models.

CSBS Methods Series: Crafting Qualitative Evidence for Impact


This workshop provided clear step-by-step best practices for crafting evidence in qualitative research via organizing, coding, analyzing, interpreting, claim-making, and presentation. Speaker Sarah J. Tracy provided backstage practices of data analysis that make for theoretically and practically illuminating research.  She also shared resources that will help you share what you have learned with collaborators, colleagues, and students.

Causal Inference with Observational Data Workshop


This workshop introduced participants to various disciplines to causal inference. The workshop was divided into sessions led by each of the social and behavioral scientists named below, who will each share their approach to causal inference. The workshop concluded with a panel discussion.

  • Jacob Bowers, Associate Professor of Political Science and Statistics, University of Illinois.
  • Jonathan Livengood, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois.
  • Lucia Petito, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine (Biostatistics), Northwestern University.
  • Rodrigo Pinto, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California Los Angeles.
  • Felix Thoemmes, Associate Professor of Human Development, Cornell University

Bayesian Statistics for Social & Behavioral Scientists

Given by Dr. David Kaplan, the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, this workshop introduced social and behavioral scientists to the basic elements of Bayesian statistics and illustrated why the Bayesian perspective provides a powerful alternative to the frequentist perspective

Structural Equation Modeling workshop

Given by Dr. Daniel Briley, Assistant Professor of psychology at the University of Illinois, and Dr. Ross Jacobucci, Assistant Professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, this hands-on workshop helped attendees learn about SEM techniques and apply them to their own research problems.

Other Workshops

Panel Discussion: “President Biden: First 100 Days” 

Illinois faculty experts of various disciplines illuminated and investigated President Biden’s policy agenda within his first 100 days in office. The panel addressed how salient social issues are progressing under the new administration and paid particular attention to those related to women and gender. The panelists’ introductory remarks were followed by a Q&A.


University of Illinois Poverty & Policy Summit

This Policy and Poverty Summit gives a 360-degree perspective on the challenges facing vulnerable communities, families, and individuals during an unprecedented health crisis. Experts will canvass both the scale of the challenges and particular dimensions, such as food insecurity, educational divides, and the looming specters of homelessness.



This workshop is hosted by the Center for Social and Behavioral Science and the University of Illinois System Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Human Subjects Research Workshop


This workshop addressed the challenges of conducting human subjects research during a pandemic. During this workshop, participants had the opportunity to discuss the challenges they are facing and to learn different solutions to adapt their research activities to a virtual mode.

This webinar is hosted by the Center for Social and Behavioral Science.

A Panel Discussion about the 2020 Presidential Election


In many ways, the 2020 Presidential Election is unprecedented. The increasing polarization of the electorate, political influencers, disruptions due to COVID-19, and the proliferation of fringe media sources all pose threats to our democracy and public trust in our government. For this 90-minute panel conversation, Illinois faculty spoke about their multidisciplinary research and expertise on elections to provide insights into how current events are shaping our approach to democracy, political divisiveness, and the media in a time of turmoil and crisis.

This webinar is hosted by the Center for Social and Behavioral Science.

Behavioral Science Hackathon: Collaborating for Community Impact Workshop


Given by Dr. Adam Seth Levine, Assistant Professor of Government at Cornell University and president of Research4Impact this hands-on workshop led researchers and community partners through a rapid, focused collaboration in a hackathon-fashion: ready, set, collaborate. Dr. Levine started with a talk about the ingredients needed for a successful academic-community collaboration. The 30-minute opening talk is available to view. 

This event was hosted by the Center for Social and Behavioral Science, in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute.

Understanding Contemporary Challenges

The Center for Social and Behavioral Science has also hosted the Understanding Contemporary Challenges series in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute. Learn more about this webinar series on the Understanding Contemporary Challenges page.