Giles Alston, Senior Associate
We help people in your organisation to frame better questions and provide better answers
Over 45 years we have developed an extensive range of techniques to help organise our thinking within an analytical process, applying best practices to produce trusted analysis. Now we have developed a course to deliver those lessons to your organisation.
We work with groups of four to twenty-five people. Our standard course of four modules consists of two-hour sessions on each of:
1. Why we do analysis
What is analysis and why do we do it? Why the analyst is important; the main frameworks for analysis; and what is involved in the process of analysis.
2. Analysis in practice
Building on the principles of analysis, we look at the practical, everyday aspects of being an analyst. These include working with incomplete information, creating the right analytical process, working under time pressure, dealing with cognitive biases, and working in teams.
3. Scenario Planning
A deep dive into thinking systematically beyond the short term by determining the factors that will drive the future and considering how they will interact over time.
4. Communicating analysis effectively
Good analysis only has value if it is presented clearly and effectively. This module looks at different ways to convey information, how to express different degrees of uncertainty, and how to construct a first-class executive summary.
Additional modules are available, including a separate course on graphic analysis.
For the League of Arab States: Scenario Analysis for Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management
We provided two rounds of four-day analytical training workshops on scenario analysis. Delivered to diplomats and analysts, the course focused on how scenario analysis can help organisations mitigate uncertainty, and thus enhance effective preventive capabilities and crisis management. As a part of an intensive, interactive training programme, participants developed the practical and methodological skills to carry out scenario analysis in a crisis response setting. Attendees also engaged in real-world scenario building projects that examined key crises and contingencies facing the League. The aim was to provide participants with a sophisticated understanding of how scenario analysis can be integrated with their day-to-day working practices and priorities.
For the United Nations: Strategic Analysis and Early Warning
We delivered a two-day training workshop to a group of 30 analysts and team leaders at the United Nations in New York. The workshop focused on building capacity to provide early warning of humanitarian crises and atrocity crimes. The curriculum focused on the causes and consequences of predictive failure, and offered solutions to achieve better contingency recognition, including how to conduct alternative analysis, leverage structured scenario methodologies, reduce the margin of error in predictive assessments, determine the appropriate level of analytical confidence and convey results to decision-makers.
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