Tip sheet explaining a few basic statistical techniques that can help reporters and editors make decisions when there is some ambiguity — and a borderline “call” — inherent in the numbers.
April 2015 report from Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, “Decoding the Iran Nuclear Deal: Key Questions, Points of Divergence, Pros and Cons, Pending Legislation and Essential Facts.”
2014 review of studies and reports that provide insights into law enforcement actions and recent patterns in America.
2015 report from American University on risks for documentary filmmakers relating to personal safety, lawsuits and legal troubles, insurance and more.
2015 paper from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center outlining the challenges for local news organizations and providing data-driven recommendations, both technical and strategic, for optimizing their online presence.
2011 report by the National Institute of Justice on the effectiveness and safety of Tasers and other conducted energy devices.
Federal databases that can provide insight into reporting on local affairs, including hospital outcomes, public schools’ disciplinary practices, local farms and firearms dealers.
2015 study from Stanford researchers suggesting overall gains for urban charter schools, relative to traditional schools; growth was particularly strong for disadvantaged students.
Scholarly research is a great source for rigorous, unbiased information, but making judgments about its quality can be difficult. Here are some important questions to ask when reading studies.
2015 paper in Information, Communication & Society reviewing existing research on how social media use influences measures such as voting, protesting and civic engagement.