Roadmap to evaluating think tank research
Not all medical and health research comes from peer-reviewed medical studies. Reports from think tanks can contribute to chasing down a story as well.
But relying on research from think tanks requires some homework to ensure a full understanding of the think tank’s objectives, biases, history, funding and other characteristics which could influence their findings.
This tip sheet from Journalists’ Resources provides a good starting point for doing due diligence.