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Why Truth Matters: Research versus Propaganda in the Policy Debate

Why Truth Matters: Research versus Propaganda in the Policy Debate | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

For those who want to participate in policy politics, I have a different set of suggestions.

Pick your research questions not only based on what is but on what ought to be on the political agenda. Your best work comes out of your own enthusiasm, and you never can tell when that policy window will open.


Use your research to tell a story—the valuable advice I got while writing my dissertation. If you don't know what your story is—if you can't answer the “so what?” question—you simply haven't done your job.


Beware of traps. The line between research and propaganda gets fuzzy when you want to play in the political process. The push for certainty in an uncertain environment—for truth about a future that is, truthfully, unknowable—is powerful. Speaking truth to power, as Aaron Wildavsky defined the role of a policy analyst, is not always pleasurable. But commitment to truth under pressure is a measure of your own integrity.


The bottom line? As members of academe and AcademyHealth, pursuit of truth is our hallmark. We have reason to be proud of what we do. Just as politics is not about the pursuit of truth, the pursuit of truth is not about politics. We pursue it because it's the right thing to do.

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The Innovators Project

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A series of profiles on people who are transforming their fields by creating, educating, provoking, and delighting
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Teachers should read these articles to prepare for student questions and curiosity. Can even be assigned as part of an inquiry-based project or writing assignment. 

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Sway: Create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more.

Sway: Create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more. | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Sway is an easy-to-use digital storytelling app for creating interactive reports, presentations, personal stories and more. Its built-in design engine helps you create professional designs in minutes. With Sway, your images, text, videos, and other multimedia all flow together in a way that enhances your story. Sway makes sure your creations look great on any screen.

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