Definition: Information assessment

Having located relevant evidence, you need to be able to critically assess its quality before you use it. Knowing how to assess what you have found will enhance your confidence in using evidence to make decisions.

Key Points: 
  • Evidence can be assessed in several ways.
  • The reliability of the conclusions we draw from evidence may be influenced by the research methods used in the generation of that evidence.
  • It can be useful to look at the original data upon which evidence is based, rather than relying entirely on the conclusions and interpretations of others.

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