This is the second in what may be more posts about how business analysis can learn from good, or in this case bad, journalism.
If you're going to present a case, come armed with facts, not anecdotes, or you might just be turned away.
I present you this article from Stuff: Doctors raise concerns over 'granny dumping' as families head away at Christmas.
These are the telling quotes from the article:
Figures were hard to come by, as she had heard only anecdotal evidence from her members, and no work had been done on investigating the scale of the problem.
New Zealand Nurses Organisation chief executive Memo Musa said the union was not aware of granny dumping...
Grey Power national president Tom O'Connor said there were many forms of elder abuse, and some were relatively unknown to the general public. "We don't have any direct knowledge of granny dumping, but it is not particularly surprising given the financial pressure some families are struggling with."
So far no evidence, except for one person's opinion and anecdotes. She may be correct, but if, as a business analyst, if you are making a case for anything - extra resources, change in policies, permission to continue - then please do your research first, and don't just ask the next two people in your contact list. If it is early on in the project, before funding has been approved, at least present the scale the problem from the hospitals you had contact with.
Policy by anecdote is bad, so business analysts have a duty to do better than this.