Title

Information evaluation: How one group of intelligence analysts go about the task

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

secau Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Computer and Security Science / Security Research Centre (secAU)

RAS ID

13057

Comments

This article was originally published as: Joseph, J., & Corkill, J. (2011). Information evaluation: How one group of intelligence analysts go about the task. Paper presented at the 4th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia. Original article available here.

Abstract

Source and information evaluation is identified as being a critical element of the analytical process and production of intelligence products. However there is concern that in reality evaluation is being carried out in a cursory fashion involving limited intellectual rigour. Poor evaluation is also thought to be a causal factor in the failure of intelligence. This study examined the process of information and source evaluation as understood and practiced by, six West Australian Police Force,(WAPOL) intelligence analysts. Data was gathered by use of a focus group with that data being compared against the current literature. It was discovered that formal training in evaluation methods was limited. The significance of evaluation was however clearly understood and the lack of sufficient training was recognised as a limitation to analysis. The study however identified that this group of analysts did practice evaluation through a process of ongoing information contextualisation.

DOI

10.4225/75/57a02d74ac5c9

Access Rights

free_to_read

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.4225/75/57a02d74ac5c9