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


  • Jarl Kampen


  • Peter Tamás


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. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

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  • Jarl Kampen & Peter Tamás, 2014. "Should I take this seriously? A simple checklist for calling bullshit on policy supporting research," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 48(3), pages 1213-1223, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:qualqt:v:48:y:2014:i:3:p:1213-1223
    DOI: 10.1007/s11135-013-9830-8

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    1. Alfred Kieser & Lars Leiner, 2011. "On the Social Construction of Relevance: A Rejoinder," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 48(4), pages 891-898, June.
    2. Hamel, Nadia & Schrecker, Ted, 2011. "Unpacking capacity to utilize research: A tale of the Burkina Faso public health association," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 72(1), pages 31-38, January.
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