Not The Answer, but

HCT (HEALTH Change, Support and Accountability TEAM/COMMUNITY)

There’s way too much information.
What’s needed is transformation,

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Gaining Sound, Credible, High Quality Information/Knowledge:
How to Counteract Gullibility and “Fake News”  

It is critical that our professional practice or service, and most important decisions are based on sound, credible, factual, high quality information and knowledge.  We can not be gullible and accept the information we rely on uncritically and not check out how true it is.   

Stop, observe or think about the information and knowledge that we and others are using.  Where did it come from, what was the source? Was it someone’s opinion that they heard from someone else who may not have known the source?  Was the information, knowledge or opinion research evidence based; factual, valid, truthful?  Was it checked, verified, or just accepted as true? 

Now of course everything can’t be checked but some appropriate, intermittent verification is called for and necessary. 

We have all probably seen or experienced the consequences of bad decisions or poor professional practice or service because of information or knowledge that turned out to be wrong, detrimental, or not credible, factual, or high quality.   We have seen the fall out from falling for “fake news” and not questioning or challenging it.       

That is the reason for analyzing/critiquing information, knowledge and “facts” instead of accepting them uncritically at face value.  For example:

  • How do we know and trust the information and knowledge that our professional practice or service, and most important decisions are based upon?
  • How can we claim to know something that makes us knowledgeable, expert, well-informed or ‘on the cutting edge’?
  • What is the information and knowledge that we can rely, count on for our life, health, financial security, professional credibility and reputation? 

So how do we analyze, critique information or knowledge, such as in a newspaper, magazine article, book or google search, and know whether it’s  solid, credible, factual, high quality or not.  It’s by using the Gaining Sound, Credible, High Quality Information Questions below.  

1 What is the credibility, credentials, background, experience, expertise of the author?  Is it acceptable, appropriate for the paper, study or article; why or not?  

2  What is the author’s main goal, problem or thesis statement? Is it feasible, worthwhile, clear, understandable; why or why not? If no purpose or goal, what serves as the focus of the paper?  

3  Does the overall format or structure of the article make sense?  Is it well written, clear, understandable, logical, coherent; why or why not? 

4  What are the methods, methodology, research, or study design that is used?   Do you agree, disagree; why, why not?  Is the methodology right, appropriate for the purposes of the article; why or why not?  Would you use a different one and why?

5  Has the author researched and included relevant, appropriate literature?  Have different sides, perspectives or points of view been included even if the author disagrees with any of them?  Is there any topic, question, issue or area that was left out that should have been covered or addressed, and why?  

6  Does the author make a sound, credible, valid, factual case for his/her argument, position, answer or solution?   Do you agree, disagree with the data, support or evidence that is used; why or why not?  Would you change, strengthen or improve the case that was made and why? 

7  How does the author achieve the goal or purpose of the article?  Do you agree, disagree with the findings, results or conclusion of the article; why, why not?  Do they add or contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the topic, question or problem?  

8  Any other questions or ways to determine whether or not information and knowledge is sound, solid, credible, worthy, and high quality?   

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For questions, discussion, suggestions or assistance, and a complimentary gift in, contact:

Randy Bennett Ed.D.

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