Analytical techniques for policymakers: overcoming bias, improving analysis

National Security College | Professional course


This program is fully subscribed. Please contact us to register your interest for the next available program.

Are you looking to enhance your skills in complex problem-solving? Have you ever wondered how national security policymakers identify options or futures, conduct analysis and test their thinking to produce robust policy solutions?

This two-day program will expose participants to a set of analytical techniques drawn from international intelligence but with broader applicability for policy thinkers and analysts. Participants will learn how to use these techniques and identify when each is most suitable to in a range of circumstances. Used correctly, the techniques assist individuals and teams in the development of more creative and credible policy advice that minimises common cognitive biases.

There is no minimum security requirement for this program.

Past presenters for this program include: Mr Russ Swinerton, Dr Ryan Young, Mr Spencer Edwards and others.


Please click here to register or contact us at or on (02) 6125 2233 for further information.

Course date: 
9am 22 March – 5pm 23 March 2021
National Security College, #132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

$2,250 (GST ex) for government, $2,700 (GST ex) open rate. Course is fully catered.

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