Should I take this seriously? A simple checklist for calling bullshit on policy supporting research

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We propose a simple checklist for the users of policy supporting research in order to decide whether a piece of research begs further study or can be dismissed right away. The checklist focusses on the quality of the research question (is it a research question, and is the research question answerable); the kind of knowledge along with the order, level and quality of data needed for answering the RQ; the methods of analysis used; the degree to which the research results support the conclusions; and whether the conclusions provide an answer to the research question.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1213-1223
JournalQuality and quantity: international journal of methodology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • social-science research
  • state
  • relevance

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