Public Good does investigative research. We find the facts and make them available to the public. What happens next is up to citizen activists, the media and any other interested or responsible parties.
Investigative research is the collection of evidence from public sources. We rely on public records, eyewitness accounts, interviews, court documents, as well as photographs, video and audio recordings for primary documentation. Our standard for primary documentation requires that information meet the evidentiary standards of a court of law. Secondary information is collected from books, newspaper stories, and other publications. The essential distinction between primary and secondary sources is that primary sources are evidence and secondary sources are what people have to say about that evidence.
It is a basic requirement of all of Public Good's investigative research information that it be available to the public for confirmation. There are no secrets. Copies of primary and secondary source material cited in Public Good reports are available from us for modest fees. Please see our Ordering Materials page for information about obtaining copies of our reports, articles, analysis papers, and archival materials.
Once a research project has reached a critical mass of information, Public Good makes that information available. Most of our published work is available on the web in our archives. Our publication methods include administrative or legal filings, publishing a report, producing an article for the media, or supplying copies of primary documents to researchers, writers or public officials. In some cases, Public Good has forwarded information after publication to responsible agencies for civil or criminal action.
Public Good also produces analytic reports which provide a larger context of history and policy analysis drawn from our investigative research. These reports, papers and educational pamphlets provide the basis for informed opinion based on knowledge of the issues at hand.