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.
Thomson, James A., Colorado ACLU Speech. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2005. https://www.rand.org/pubs/corporate_pubs/CP507.html.
Thomson, James A., Colorado ACLU Speech, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, CP-507-(11/05), 2005. As of January 12, 2022: https://www.rand.org/pubs/corporate_pubs/CP507.html