Facts or truth

Several years ago, when I was still working in Washington DC, a well-known media and communications consultant reminded me of a fundamental distinction: There’s a big difference between facts and the Truth. Facts are malleable. We contort them and sequence them in just the right way. We decide which facts to consider and which we […]

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Why “evidence-based” is meaningless and we should stop using it

Whether policy or programs, “evidence-based” is the mantra. In a wide range of disciplines, many would go as far to say that evidence-based is fundamental. It “helps nations bring about meaningful reforms and policy improvements that, in turn, can increase government accountability and facilitate performance-based budgeting and management,” as articulated by the World Bank. In […]

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