5 How to evaluate a claim or innovation
It is worth pausing for you to think how you will evaluate such claims or innovations. You will take three steps:
- First, you will need to pin down exactly what is the claim that is being made? Often the words, language and, perhaps, use of a newsworthy story can often make it difficult to extract the central argument or, in this case, the claimed impact of an innovation.
- Second, look for research evidence, preferably from a scientific journal or credible publication, or examples showing the support of other unbiased organisations. Remember the support of a commercial organisation might be more about money, rather than an endorsement of any claims being valid.
- Finally, short articles such as those in WIRED will often present the information in a very short outline. Is there any key information missing that would help evaluate the claim further?
You will briefly consider these points for innovation 7 (‘The filter that spots trainability’) before spending more time on innovation 14 (‘Tools designed to warm up the mind’).