So how does Evidentia support the tenets of the Genealogical Proof Standard?
|Element of the GPS
||Supported by Evidentia
|Reasonably exhaustive search
- Evidentia’s Research Summary Report tallies the current breadth of cited source material in an easy to review format.
- Evidentia’s source first approach encourages a thorough cataloguing of source material, often uncovering minor facts that might otherwise not be captured by a researcher using other software.
|Complete and accurate citation of sources
- Evidentia REQUIRES citations before a researcher can draw ANY conclusions.
- All Evidentia reports include proper citations of source materials.
- Evidentia’s customizable Citation Templates insures consistent citations written based on the researcher’s preferred methodology.
|Analysis and correlation of the collected information
- Evidentia requires that EVERY assertion be analyzed for quality and acknowledged with an ‘analysis’ paragraph before any conclusions can be drawn.
- By not hard linking claims to subjects, Evidentia encourages capturing not only positive evidence, but also conflicting and even ‘missing’ evidence.
|Resolution of conflicting evidence.
- Evidentia’s Analyze Evidence screen brings all relevant assertions together in one place, encouraging the researcher to weigh the source of information and review conflicting evidence.
- Where conflicting evidence may add confusion when included as supporting information in a standard genealogy program, Evidentia is built from the start to accept, and indeed expect, this kind of data.
|Soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion.
- When analysis is complete, Evidentia unlocks a separate Summary Conclusion box for documenting the current conclusion based on ALL the evidence. The Summary Conclusion is prominently featured in Evidentia’s Genealogical Proof Report, the center piece of Evidentia
- Evidentia’s Summary Conclusion is always presented in the context of all individual assertions, holding the researcher accountable for all the relevant information, and insuring a response that can be reviewed for credibility.