James Thomson, RAND’s president and CEO, spoke to the ACLU on the value of fact-based analysis, offering examples of how a tension between effective policy and fairness or equity pervades the world of policy analysis. He warned that when we don’t hear the facts on the effectiveness of a given policy, we get arguments devoid of facts, driven by self-interest, personal morality, or political ideology. In this environment, “facts” get invented.
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