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Behavioral Science: Statistical Information

International Statistical Resources

Evaluating Statistical Information

When you evaluate statistical information for its credibility, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who gathered the data?
  • Do the statistics show any bias? Did the author/authors have a special interest in the data collected or results?
  • Why was it gathered?
  • How was it analyzed?
  • When was the data gathered? Check the time period.
  • What sampling technique was used?
  • Are you looking at the original presentation of the data, or a re-packaged version?
  • Does it make sense?

U.S. Statistical Resources