When publishing your findings, it is important to always include an explicit discussion about problems encountered in research.
Reports on SafeCare and Letting the Future In are good examples of the NSPCC being explicit about the limitations of data.
While researchers often mention the limitations of the data in the methodology section, it's less common to draw out the significance of those weaknesses when findings are presented and referenced. Research data is often presented without the reservations flagged up in the methodology.
When measure data is used in research reports it would also be useful for authors to point out that the measures are based on users’ perceptions of outcomes and that perceptions are not always accurate.
Exploring the limitations of our work isn’t easy. People expect clear-cut answers and qualifying findings with caveats can be taken as a sign of incompetence.
It may be a difficult process, but the accuracy of our studies depends upon honesty.