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Fraser Institute skews results of report on health care wait times to please donors

Inaccurate survey methods leave room for data manipulation.

Lewis:Knowing its method absurd, Fraser goes great lengths to reconcile data with provincial figuresSteven Lewis exposes with a satirical spoof how the Fraser Institute, a right-wing think tank, skews the results of its annual report on health care wait times, soliciting data-less responses from biased parties to achieve desired results.

"Suppose you want to know how well road traffic moves in your community. The method: once a year, ask 100 road builders to stand by various roads and eyeball the traffic. Their job is to estimate the speed at which the next car will make it down the street. Do not give them radar guns, or other speed-measuring devices. Ask them only about that one day, not a sample of days throughout the year. Don't survey drivers, who have speedometers and clocks. Publish the results with great precision- traffic moves at 36.5 km/hour this year compared to 38.2 km/hour last year..."

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Posted: February 02, 2012

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