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Tom Zizys

Tom Zizys has worked as a consultant in the public, not-for-profit and international development fields for over 20 years. For over 15 years he has specialized in employment programs and labour market analysis, particularly for economically marginalized communities. He is an Innovation Fellow of the Metcalf Foundation where his research focus has been the changing labour market and the working poor. He is regularly called upon by policy-making bodies to act as an expert presenter. Internationally he has worked on various poverty reduction projects and has carried out assignments in some 20 countries. He has taught public policy, program evaluation, international development and community economic development courses at York and Ryerson universities.

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Some years ago, Stephen Colbert coined the term “truthiness,” something that has the aura of truth because it just feels like the truth. When it comes to making a point, numbers have a special appeal, no doubt because they appear to offer objective neutrality. But the accumulation of numbers, the use of data, often merely approximates truth, offering “data-ness” as the numerical equivalence of truthiness....

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13 Jan 2016