The Forum Foundation for Analytic Excellence is currently offering workshops and seminars (4-8 hour modules) along with one and three credit classes on the university campus. Below is a sampling of the courses we have delivered. Please note that FFAE works as adjunct faculty to the university and does not provide external registration for participants. Participants will need to enroll directly through the university where the class is taking place. If you are currently faculty or staff at a university and would like to bring a workshop or course to your campus, please note that we can also build to suit for your school. Please contact us directly for more information.
Structured Analytic Tools and Techniques (12 HRS / 1 CREDIT)
Introduces students to multiple qualitative structured analytic tools and techniques they can use to structure analysis, generate forecasts, and avoid major mistakes. In numerous hands-on exercises, students practice specific skills to help them overcome mindsets, organize information, diagnose problems, explore different ways of thinking, and avoid surprise.
Structured Analytic Production and Process (12 HRS / 1 CREDIT)
Introduces students to the process of thinking in a logical and structured manner about a problem or issue with a specific customer in mind; deciding on an analytic approach; selecting and weighing evidence; and presenting compelling analytic conclusions. Students practice evaluating logical arguments, assessing data, and self-reviewing. They also learn to organize and communicate findings for maximum effectiveness and usability.
Intelligence Analysis I (36 HRS / 3 CREDITS)
This course introduces students to the basic skill sets that would enable them to work as entry level analysts in the Intelligence Community (IC). Students will acquire a detailed understanding of the critical thinking process that is essential to creating intelligence products based on sound analytic reasoning and will become aware of psychological factors that influence analyses including the types of biases that may unconsciously distort analyses and degrade analytic judgments. Students will also acquire an arsenal of structured analytic techniques (SATs) that will be applied to generate assessments and analyses in accordance with IC standards.
Intelligence Analysis II (36 HRS / 3 CREDITS)
Students will take the critical thinking skills and structured techniques that they acquired in Intelligence Analysis I and apply them in the creation of the types of intelligence products used in the Intelligence Community (IC). Emphasis will be placed on acquiring analytic writing skills to create analytic products and briefing skills to enhance the ability to prepare and present high impact briefings to IC consumers and policy makers.
Advanced Intelligence Analytic Methods (online learning program / 3 CREDIT HOURS / can be adapted for live instruction)
This course provides a foundation for analytic and quantitative reasoning. It focuses on advanced, applied skills for problems analysis, problem solving and decision-making. It is designed to help the student apply the rigor of the scientific method to strategy and information analysis. The course will draw on the decision sciences to teach students about the strengths and limitations of human judgment and decision-making and in algorithmic models and simulations, and how to mitigate the impact of bias in each. Students will also be introduced to several structured analytic techniques commonly used in intelligence analysis.
Research Design, Information Gaps and Collection Requirements (4-6 HRS)
Addresses the questions: What is “good” data? What data is convincing to my customer? How do I obtain “good” data? Students reflect on the qualities of “good” data: accurate, precise, representative, and reliable and on how best to ascertain whether the data at hand meets those qualities. This workshop uses a case study on “Puzzling Food Poisonings in Germany” to guide students through the process of asking meaningful questions, identifying potential gap fillers, and arraying data visually for easy consumption.
Introduction to Open Source Intelligence (6 HRS)
Exposes students to the various types of information publicly available in a variety of formats including: news, video and tweets. This course will provide the background necessary for participants to learn and develop techniques to help meet an intelligence requirement. Participants will be exposed to methods on how to develop their search techniques in order to find and identify trustworthy sources and validate questionable sources. The capstone project will encompass the methods and techniques explored during the class to answer an intelligence question.
Introduction to Structured Analytic Techniques and Tools (6 HRS)
Provides an overview of Structured Analytic Techniques (SATs). Students will learn through classroom examples when SATs are useful, how they are best used and what are the benefits and limitation of using SATs.
SAT Training Workshop for Faculty and Graduate Students (6 HRS)
Learn how to apply critical thinking skills to your work by framing your line of argument, challenging your assumptions, developing hypotheses, evaluating competing hypotheses, considering sources and evidence, and producing a final product with a clear message and compelling story line.