EITM's central goal is to improve scholars' ability to leverage interactions between theoretical models that clarify complex logical relationships and empirical work that delineates important properties of data generating processes. This is accomplished through intensive four-week summer institutes that rotate across universities. To date, over 200 of the best young scholars in the social sciences have been trained to think more effectively about how to increase the social and scientific value of theoretical modeling through more effective communication and more rigorous collaboration with statistical inference.
Current EITM institutes have evolved from an original vision of how to improve research designs and make them more valuable to science and society. Read the National Science Foundation’s original EITM report from 2001.