Founding Principles

In a globalised world, decisions are made in the face of rapidly unfolding events, complex data flows, and shifting political landscapes. In this challenging and often chaotic environment, governments, companies, organisations and individuals need to know that they can trust the quality of their information. We understand that:

  1. Research can mean many things. Ultimately it is about purposeful inquiry, systematic observation and the spirit of discovery.
  2. Information can be found in many shapes and forms. Knowing what they mean is essential to understanding what lies within.
  3. Effective management of information is fundamental to sound research practice and analytical precision.
  4. Method is a vital element of systematic inquiry, but it should support the process, not replace it or become a substitute for critical thinking.
  5. Thorough review and understanding of past research is more important than methodological innovation.
  6. Meticulous attention to detail is the cornerstone of reliable research and enlightened decision-making.
  7. Always remain wary of the sensitivity of initial conditions and the narcissism of minor differences.
  8. Knowledge is a cumulative effort. It should never be determined solely by what has come before, or its limits set by what is currently known.
  9. Scholarship for its own sake is a positive good, but it should never be self-indulgent. It should serve a purpose, without succumbing to the whims of fashion, fortune or politics.
  10. The ethical, reasoned pursuit of evidence and insight, adhering to principles of integrity, balance and diligence, is the path to research of enduring value.