Evaluating Evidence for Intelligence Analysis

Learn about the various types of evidence, the credentials evidence must possess and the necessity of probabilistic conclusions when investigating an intelligence problem.

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About This Intelligence Community Online Course

As an intelligence analyst, you are asked to develop hypotheses and build arguments based on the available evidence and inferences that are made. To do this work effectively, you must understand the basic forms of evidence and how to properly evaluate that information to use in customer deliverables.

  • Define what evidence is
  • Define the credentials of evidence
  • List the three questions an intelligence analyst must answer about all evidence
  • Describe what must be done to establish the credibility of evidence
  • List the various ways evidence can be relevant to your intelligence analysis work

Who Should Take This Online Course

This online course is designed for anyone who wishes to learn more (or gaining a refresher) about evidence—particularly, intelligence analysts working in either a Federal government agencies or government contractor companies.

Your Instructor

This course was developed by Dr. J. Keith Dunbar. Dr. Dunbar is the founder and chief executive officer of FedLearn.

Dr. Dunbar is a former naval intelligence officer whose career culminated with a tour of duty as the director of the Global Learning Solutions Group and the Leadership Academy, Academy for Defense Intelligence, at the Defense Intelligence Agency. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, he led the learning and talent development organizations at two large government contractor companies, SAIC and Leidos.

Dr. Dunbar received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania (in a partnership with the Wharton Business School) and his Master of Science in srategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University.



It is recommended that you take the FedLearn course, Marshaling Evidence for Intelligence Analysis (ICAT120), after completing this course.

Course Certificate

To achieve a course certificate of completion, you must score 80 percent or higher on graded lesson quizzes and a final exam.

Course Format

Self-paced, online training course

Course Pricing

Individual courses are $49 (per person).

Seat licenses to access the entire FedLearn Intelligence Community catalog are also available. Click here to learn more and purchase.

If you are interested in learning about special team rates for Federal government and government contractor organizations, email [email protected].

Continuing Education Unit Credits

This course provides 1 CEU.