What should we do with objectionable findings?


So… when we encounter findings that trouble us, how should we respond? We can question the methods and whether these findings are likely to be replicated. We can question whether it’s applicable to the contexts we work within. We can question the real-life significance of the findings. We can ask whether the researchers asked the right questions–the questions and answers that are most relevant to the people involved and the practitioners serving them.

In many cases, the objection is less about the actual data and more about the story being told with the information.