Bias in Studies

California example of a biased study:

When Palo Alto officials asked for an independent study of Fire Department staffing, they had no idea the analysis would be performed by a veteran firefighter who belongs to the International Association of Fire Chiefs and who has never recommended staffing reductions for any of his previous projects.

These facts came out at the Tuesday night meeting of the City Council’s Finance Committee, which was hearing an update on the highly anticipated “standards of coverage” study. The council had hoped to use the new study during its upcoming contract negotiations with the firefighters’ union, but after hearing from the project consultant Tuesday, the committee’s hopes largely dissolved into buyer’s remorse.

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