Understanding how research is conducted is valuable because it is from research that we gain information about people and their behavior. We act on that information, and social policy is based on it. We are exposed to their results of research every day in the news media, and as a parent, teacher, or another professional working with children, we are exposed to research-based advice or training. Knowledge about reach methods can make you a wiser consumer of information. Being a wise consumer of research means using what you have learned to think critically about research and its application.