A mail survey instrument was sent to almost 1,500 members of three professional organizations whose participants study health and environmental risk. Members were asked their opinions about the effectiveness of government auditing of data, research designs, and facilities. Respondents who thought auditing would be effective were outnumbered 6 to 1 by those who thought it would be ineffective. Supporters tended to be less experienced than opponents. They disproportionately had earned baccalaureate or masters degrees as their terminal degree, not doctoral degrees. Supporters had jobs that required data for regulatory purposes, and they perceived that incompetence and pressure lead to misconduct.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Library and Information Sciences
- Risk analysis