INTEL-04 | Intelligence Published Source Collection: Research, Part 1


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How does published source research support various types of intelligence requirements?

What are the best practices in published source research? How do I avoid pitfalls?

What are some fundamental sources and methods for human intelligence and analysis support?

Researching with published and open sources is a commonly misunderstood intelligence practice. Sources and content are at our fingertips, search engines are easy to use, but why do we struggle to find intelligence? How do we know we’ve completed our research? How can we stay on top of cutting-edge sources, methods, and tools?

This course continues the CDI Certificate Program’s discussion on published source collection and intelligence research by focusing on fundamental approaches and tools that support best (and innovative) practices.

This course is the first of two courses on published source research. In Part 1, we will examine the following:

  • The key characteristics and elements of intelligence published and open source research.
  • Best practices in published source collection.
  • How to develop our research sources and methods to achieve effective outcomes and keep pace with an ever-changing research landscape.

As with each course in this program, this online course considers issues and opportunities for information professionals in intelligence and decision support, as well as in transitioning into intelligence practice.

This course includes exercises and discussions that involve (1) developing intelligence published and open sources and methods and (2) developing an intelligence research plan.

Course Level: Fundamental to intermediate. Covers essential concepts, practices, and resources for building intelligence practices as well as topics that build on previous concepts covered in other courses in this program.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will understand fundamental sources and techniques used in competitive intelligence research in the context of current intelligence requirements, practices, and trends. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how published source collection relates to other intelligence functions, techniques, applications, and the intelligence process. When presented with essential intelligence research tasks, participants will be able to support and satisfy the tasks efficiently and effectively.

Specifically, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose, function, and types of published source collection, and its relationship to other intelligence function.
  2. Apply published source collection (including research techniques, practices, resources, and tools) within the overall intelligence framework, from the assessment and definition of intelligence research needs/requirements to applying research to support intelligence analysis.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply research methods and creativity to pursue intelligence questions.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work with and within an intelligence project team.

Course assessment, exercises, and discussions will measure and evaluate the degree of understanding that participants achieve over the learning process.

Participants will develop skills and abilities according to professional competencies outlined by professional associations and Knowledge inForm. Course assessment, exercises, and discussions will measure and evaluate the degree of understanding that participants achieve over the learning process.

Schedule and Pricing

Lectures for the Competitive and Decision Intelligence Certificates Program courses are now pre-recorded. This offers participants more flexibility and convenience to listen to recordings according to their schedules. There will be two virtual live meetings focused on group discussions and questions for the instructor.

Member Price: $495
Non-Member Price: $715

About the Instructor

Cynthia Cheng Correia helps professionals and organizations enhance what they do. For over two decades, she has helped managers and companies develop their competitive intelligence (CI), critical foresight, and strategic capabilities through advising, training, improving processes and practices, and applying effective tools. Click here to learn more.

SLA and the instructors reserve the right to cancel the course if a minimum registration count is not met.

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