ALG joins National Association of Scholars in calling on EPA and all agencies to adopt NIH standards for reproducibility of scientific results

April 17, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement echoing the call of the National Association of Scholars (NAS) for government agencies to adopt the standards used by the National Institutes for Health in publishing scientific findings that are reproducible and falsifiable:

“It is ridiculous that we even have to have a discussion about whether the data collected by scientists relying on government funding that is used in policy making ought to be published, reproducible and transparent, but here we are. The National Association of Scholars correctly notes that we face crisis of irreproducibility in modern science, and government absolutely agencies play a tremendous role in exacerbating it when they implement policies without fully publishing the science behind it. We echo the Association’s call for the EPA and other agencies to adopt the standards used by the National Institutes for Health in requiring that data be published and be accessible in the grantmaking process. Science and policies generated based on it rely on its transparency and must adhere to requirement that every theory can be falsified.”

Attachments:

“The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science,” By David Randall and Christopher Welser, National Association of Scholars, April 2018 at https://www.nas.org/images/documents/NAS_irreproducibilityReport.pdf

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