Facts and objective analysis are important, but for policy analysts to make a difference in the real world they also have to be able to tell a story, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole said at the June 21 Pardee RAND Graduate School commencement.
Highlights from Keynote Address by Elizabeth Dole
2014 Pardee RAND Commencement
On June 21, 2014, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, which is dedicated to helping "wounded warriors" and their families, gave the commencement address to the latest graduates of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. During her address, Dole congratulated the graduates, adding,"Your ability to tell a story based on the facts is as essential as your ability to assemble the facts. The point of research and analysis is not simply to collect data, but to provide the basis for solutions." A total of 30 doctoral degrees and 39 master's degrees were awarded during the ceremony, which was attended by more than 350 people.