“In Order That They Might Rest Their Arguments on Facts”: The Vital Role of Government-Collected Data is a white paper, jointly produced by the AEI and The Brookings Institution (The Hamilton Project).
One should not have to argue about the value of government-collected data, but sometimes the argument has to be made.
Here’s a quote that harkens back to the Founding Fathers – for the Supreme Court originalists?
This document is written for a lay audience, perhaps Congress. But, there are some facts about, justifications for, public-use government-collected data researchers may not be aware of. At the very least, assign it to your students. Or read it the next time PAA has an Advocacy Day.