Just Facts is a non-profit research and educational institute dedicated to publishing comprehensive, straightforward, and rigorously documented facts about public policy issues. To accomplish this with impartiality and excellence, Just Facts uses Standards of Credibility to determine what constitutes a credible fact and what does not.
The vision of Just Facts is to equip people throughout the world with facts that empower them to make truly informed decisions. This requires authoritative, inclusive facts that accurately convey big picture realities, not half-truths or talking points.
Research from Just Facts has been cited by a diverse variety of prominent organizations and individuals. A sampling of these includes:
media outlets and publications, such as CBS, PBS, the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Yahoo News, CNBC, the Huffington Post, the Washington Times, Forbes, Psychology Today, and Roll Call.
educational institutions, such as Pepperdine University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Texas, West Virginia University, and numerous grade schools and high schools throughout the United States.
academic publishers, such as Gale Cengage Learning, Encyclopedia Britannica, Praeger, Routledge, Elsevier Health Sciences, and McGraw Hill Professional.
government entities, such as the Oklahoma Department of Labor, the Utah State Board of Education, and the education ministry of Northern Ireland.
peer-reviewed journals, such as the International Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research, Clinics in Dermatology, Asian Social Science, and the Journal of Global Faultlines.
think tanks, such as the Hoover Institution, the Pacific Research Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and Instituto Liberdade (Brazil).
political and advocacy groups, such as the Liberal Democratic Party of Australia, the Fulton County Republican Party (Georgia), and the Washington State Education Association.
commentators, such as Ph.D. economist Walter Williams and Constitutional attorney Mark Levin.
organizations and companies, such as the Association of American Medical Colleges, IBM Corporation, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, and the American Nurses Association.
Furthermore, millions of students, voters, businesspeople, and researchers from more than 150 countries have directly accessed the research on our website. Some of them have also sent us notes of appreciation that express the value of our research to them.
Just Facts is passionate about finding the truth and making it known, and thus, we work diligently to ensure that our research is scrupulous. If, however, you should ever find an error in our research or feel that we have missed a critical fact that alters the implications of any matter we have addressed, please contact us, and we promise to make it right.
We strive for continuous improvement and thus encourage rigorous critique, but we do not have the resources to investigate unsupported claims, so please fully substantiate any assertions you make with exact quotes from reliable primary sources.
Just Facts is a research and educational institute that began as a website in 1997 and was formalized as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2007.
James D. Agresti, the president and cofounder of Just Facts, has two decades of experience in public policy research and analysis. He holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Brown University and previously worked as a designer of jet engine components and systems, a technical sales professional, and chief engineer of a firm that customizes helicopters. His research and writings—which bring disciplined, empirical approaches from engineering into the world of public policy—have been widely cited by academia. Agresti is also the author of Rational Conclusions, a meticulously researched and scholarly acclaimed book evidencing factual support for the Bible across a broad array of academic disciplines.
Stephen F. Cardone, the chairman of the board of directors, holds a bachelor of science in psychology from Brown University and has 25+ years of private industry experience in corporate management, operations, logistics, accounting, and customer service. Additionally, Just Facts’ other board members, employees, contractors, and volunteers are an integral part of our organization.
Nearly everyone has personal political views, especially those involved in policy research and journalism. We think people in these fields should disclose this information so that the public has some insight to their mindsets. Nevertheless, they often fail to do so and pretend that their lack of transparency is a sign of neutrality. As is the case with any thoughtful group of people, the staff and board members of Just Facts have some varying opinions, but we predominantly subscribe to these defining principles articulated in the Declaration of Independence:
In other words, we are conservative/libertarian in our personal viewpoints—but unlike many policy and media organizations—Just Facts is committed to objectivity, and we do not favor facts that support our viewpoints. Instead, we report facts that meet the criteria below, regardless of the implications.
* Clarity: Just Facts uses language that is precise and unambiguous in order to minimize the potential for misinterpretation. In George Orwell‘s famed essay, “Politics and the English Language,” he wrote about the common practice of using words “in a consciously dishonest way. That is, the person who uses them has his own private definition, but allows his hearer to think he means something quite different.” Just Facts pledges to never do this and to expose those who do.
* Primary Sources: Just Facts makes extraordinary efforts to identify and cite highly credible primary sources instead of secondary ones. This is because secondary sources often misrepresent primary sources or neglect to convey their nuances or caveats.
* Transparency: Just Facts is committed to documenting the facts we publish far more thoroughly than standard academic practice requires. Hence, all of our comprehensive issue-based research contains footnotes with explicit quotes or data from the cited sources. This allows readers to quickly verify that we accurately represent these sources. Our goal for every fact is 100% transparency.
* Raw Data: Within reasonable constraints of time, Just Facts strives to present data in its rawest comprehensible form. Under a veil of complexity, academics sometimes tinker with classifications, statistical methods, and other variables to obtain results they want. By providing straightforward data, Just Facts aims to curb the methodological trickery that besets public policy debates.
* Comprehensiveness: Facts that paint a distorted picture of reality by virtue of what is left unsaid are an anathema to Just Facts. For example, many journalists and commentators have cited the rise in national debt under various U.S. Presidents without mentioning the role of Congress and numerous other variables that affect the national debt. Just Facts rejects such reporting and seeks to present the whole truth, because half the truth can sometimes amount to a total lie.
* Estimates and Minor Discrepancies: Just Facts handles such cases by giving preference to figures that are contrary to our viewpoints and by using the most cautious plausible interpretations of the data.
* Balance: Our goal is comprehensive accuracy, not balance. This differs from many media outlets, which commonly provide a quote from people on opposing sides of an issue. This often amounts to a farce, because:
In vivid contrast, the purpose of Just Facts is to publish verifiable facts regardless of the views they support, not to be a platform for propaganda or to provide token or disingenuous displays of neutrality.
While today’s news media can be
entertaining, ask yourself, “Does it give me the information I need to make
decisions in my life and in the voting booth?”
Make the effort to gather credible facts and ponder their implications. Your views and your vote impact not only your life but the people around you. Refuse to allow misinformation or irrationalities to manipulate your thinking. Form your own opinions based upon serious thought and broad knowledge.
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