Ordinal structure of the generic analytic workflow: a survey of intelligence analysts

Dhami, Mandeep K. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6157-3142 and Careless, Kathryn (2015) Ordinal structure of the generic analytic workflow: a survey of intelligence analysts. 2015 European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference. In: 2015 European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference, 07-09 Sept 2015, Manchester, UK. e-ISBN 9781479986576. [Conference or Workshop Item] (doi:10.1109/EISIC.2015.37)

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We present a model of the generic analytic workflow and measure the extent of ordinal structure that analysts apply to analytic work, as well as how this is affected by their training and experiences. The workflow comprises six stages that follow from one another: capture requirements, plan analytic response, obtain data, process data, interpret outputs, and communicate conclusions. A survey of 144 intelligence analysts revealed that only 16% structured their workflows in a logical ordinal way. The extent of ordinal structure applied to analytic work was unrelated to analytic thinking training, years of analytic experience, and proportion of time spent working collaboratively. These findings have implications for the training and assessment of analysts, as well as for the design of analytic tools.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 18194
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Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 10:43
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/18194

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