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Evaluating Statistics Checklist
Statistics and numbers can be manipulated to push an author's point of view. Evaluation is important.
Who collected and published the statistics? What are their credentials?
What data or statistics are being reported? What populations are included?
Is the information current? There is often a time delay between data collection and data reporting because of time needed for the analysis.
Why was the information collected? Who are the intended users? What it collected solely to educate, to persuade, to sell a product?
Can you find the original data source from which the statistics were created? Do the statistics looks accurate based on the data? If it was a survey, can you read the survey questions?