Research Design for Analysis

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  • Research Design for Analysis

Research Design for Analysis

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(FS-ISAC members receive 25% discount with code FSISAC25OFF. Membership will be verified prior to course start date.)

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Duration: Two Weeks - 7 to 10 hours of learner participation per week

Instruction Method: Asynchronous online learning. Learners complete the course at their own pace, submit online assignments by specified times, and receive guidance and feedback from the facilitator. Learners interact with peers during facilitator-guided discussions in an online forum. Learners interact one-on-one with the facilitator through virtual office hours.

Audience: Analysts seeking enhance their research skills and conceptualize and structure their products.

Course Overview: This course exposes learners to the models and guidelines that can help them excel at conceptualizing an analytic project. It emphasizes the usefulness of establishing a research plan to discover information gaps and identify the methods to fill those gaps. The course gives the learners tips on how to validate sources and evaluate them for authenticity, access, competence, and credibility. Finally, it sensitizes learners to considering the possibility of deception and introduces methods for detecting possible deception.

This course provides learners with an opportunity to explore the following topics and techniques:

• The Getting Started Checklist to refine their project framework
• The AIMS method for conceptualizing an analytic product
• Criteria for asking good questions
• The Concept Paper model to guide their project, including the development of a research plan with information gaps and collection requirements
• Three measures for evaluating tangible evidence and differentiating among the factors used to assess reliability of testimonial evidence
• Ways to evaluation information obtained from the internet and other open sources
• The MOM, POP, MOSES, and EVE methods for detecting possible deception or disinformation

{Student fee includes course textbook—Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence by Katherine Hibbs Pherson and Randolph H. Pherson}