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Learning From Research Failure - By SAM LOEWENBERGNYTimes.com

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'Researchers need to openly discuss their failures, because in a learning process, you get things right by first analyzing why you've been getting them wrong.' 'Beyond simply doing good, there's an impetus to show success: nongovernmental organizations, contractors and researchers want a good track record, funding officials must show they are spending wisely, and journal editors want to highlight breakthroughs. But 'success stories' are rarely the whole story. Global health and development projects frequently go off course, and it's not unusual for them to fail outright. What is unusual is for researchers to openly discuss their failures. That's a shame, because it's a basic principle of science that you get things right by analyzing what went wrong.'

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