The Harvard Experiments Working Group is a group of graduate students that meets bi-weekly to provide feedback on experimental research. The goal of the Experiments Working Group is to create a community of faculty and graduate students actively engaged in experimental research, make connections to encourage co-authorship, and support development of compelling research projects. The HEWG attendees comprise a group diverse in terms of subfields, research interests, and cohorts.
Over the span of the year many paper discussed at HEWG developed from a glimmer of an idea to a working paper or a journal submission. Some of this research has been published in top political science journals or is currently under review.
HEWG also provides a direct means of financing these projects in the form of seed grants for experimental research. The shared HEWG resources enable participants to pilot experiments on small pools of respondents, frequently on online platforms such as MTurk, a crucial step in developing an experimental design and applying for larger grants such as TESS. In other cases, HEWG grants have been combined with funding from other sources to field large-scale experiments on a non-American sample of respondents, a particularly costly type of research with high barriers to entry for graduate students.