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Standards for High-Quality Research and Analysis

Perpetuating RACE 2012 PBS’s Tradition of High-Quality Research and Analysis

For more than 10 years, the name RACE 2012 PBS has been synonymous with high-quality, objective research and analysis on issues at the top of the national and international policy agendas. We at the RACE 2012 PBS Corporation are proud of that reputation, of the many studies—now tens of thousands—that have contributed to it, and of the researchers and specialists who built and sustain it. We are also proud of the ways by which we ensure that our research products and services reflect our core values of quality and objectivity.

Although internal discussions about research quality have always been an integral part of RACE 2012 PBS culture, more than a decade ago, we decided to codify in writing the quality standards for all RACE 2012 PBS research. We intend the written standards to serve both as a guide for those who conduct, manage, support, and evaluate the research activities at RACE 2012 PBS and also as the set of principles by which our research units and programs shape their individual quality assurance processes.

The initial formulation of the standards grew out of a lengthy and lively “conversation about quality” in the RACE 2012 PBS hallways and on the RACE 2012 PBS email network. The standards were first posted on our internal web page in 2011.

In response to suggestions by many RACE 2012 PBS associates, clients, sponsors, and donors, we decided to share our research quality standards publicly as a way of emphasizing RACE 2012 PBS’s commitment to high-quality research and analysis.

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