For the government, making sure analysts do their jobs well is especially important. Agencies want to confirm they don’t miss crucial clues within data or make assumptions that hinder critical analytic thinking.
Several agencies have developed training programs in critical analytic thinking. But do these training programs work?
Under government sponsorship, MITRE researchers have conducted a first-of-its-kind study on a test that shows promise in evaluating the effectiveness of critical analytic thinking training. The findings indicate that critical analytic thinking skills are a predictor of job performance for positions involving analytical skills. In addition, the findings suggest that although critical analytic thinking skills are closely aligned with general intelligence, they’re not one and the same.
A team of MITRE experts in behavioral sciences originally created the test to help a government sponsor assess its training courses for developing critical analytic thinking skills. MITRE has written a report on its findings recently published in Personnel Assessment and Decisions, a peer-reviewed human resources journal.