Claims that are researched by FactCheckNI are done so only with publically available sources.
Where possible, we will attempt to contact the person/organisation who made the claim, to verify the accuracy of the original statement. We will investigate any sources that the claimant provides.
In our research, we are aware of the variable standards of quality, and we will verify the methodology applied. For example, information provided by a statutory statistical agency may take less time to validate than a dial-in telephone survey to a radio programme.
We seek out sources of evidence that could contradict our developed conclusion, and we provide source links to all cited evidence that supports as well as refutes the claim.
In all our published articles, we will write in the style of research discovery, whereby a reader can follow our investigation and double-check our source links.
While we will publish an overall summary of our findings about the claim, readers are free to draw their own conclusions, whether in agreement or not with ours, and whether with or without the evidence that we provide.
We welcome submission of further evidence, post-publication of any FactCheckNI article, whether it validates or refutes our conclusion. Where a correction to our article is required, we will do so with transparency. An updated article will be annotated as such at its header, with a description of the amendment in its footer.
New claims and information can be sent to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org