It's a common goal of marketers to start projects with research. (Well, most people want to, but they seldom do it. That's a topic for another time). The idea is that, armed with some measurements of the audience's attitudes, needs, and so on, we will have a better chance at structuring a successful solution. It's assumed that the hard work will be in interpreting and using this data, and almost no one thinks about the data itself. You need to be sure to ask is the data is even accurate.