Analyzing and Producing Actionable Insights

Analyzing and Producing Actionable Insights
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2020-12-02
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Analyzing and Producing Actionable Insights
Unit 2 Transcript: Analyzing and Producing Actionable Insights
Unit 3 Workbook: Analyzing and Producing Actionable Insights
Unit 4 Recording: Analyzing and Producing Actionable Insights

This is the third installment of the Detention Intelligence webinar series. The first webinar explained the wealth of information waiting to be leveraged in detention and correction facilities that may be used to forecast future threats. The second part of the series delved into the nitty-gritty of planning and collecting detention intelligence – factors to consider, developing a strategy, and tips on implementing it. This time around, the focus is shifted into processing, analyzing, and making actionable insights out of the collected intelligence.

Wrapping up the three-part discussion is David Grantham. David is the Director of Intelligence for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and a Senior Fellow with the Center for a Secure Free Society and previously worked with the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), the United States Air Force, and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). Part of his work experience focuses on counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations and operations, both stateside and abroad.

Specifics discussed in this session include:

  • A recap of the first and second webinars.
  • Processing and exploiting data: How and where you may find the data and the types of information that can be extracted.
  • Analyzing the reliability of the information
    • Measuring its ability to stand alone and its consistency with other information.
    • The value of relationships in establishing the reliability of information by verifying with other agencies or experts.
  • Examining the credibility of the source
    • Measuring the individual’s reliability by looking at the authenticity, trustworthiness, competency, and history.
    • Verifying reliability by checking existing records and other stakeholders to whom the source may have disclosed the information with.
  • Evaluating the access of the source by measuring the individual’s proximity and access to the information they’re providing.
  • Understanding the motivation of the source to be able to incentivize them to cooperate and facilitate intelligence gathering.
  • Documenting and disseminating the intelligence report.
    • Factors to consider when documenting the intelligence gathered – including the language to use and document organization.
    • The scoring tool that integrates the ratings assigned on information reliability, source credibility, and source access to assess the legitimacy of the intelligence.
    • Guidelines on writing intelligence that stresses the importance of protecting the source’s identity while underlining the value of the intelligence.
    • Pointers when disseminating the intelligence report – ensuring the document is straightforward and easy to follow for your audience.

Topics covered during the Q&A were about:

  • The common motivation of informants.
  • How to discover an individual’s motivation.
  • Processing intelligence from social media.



This is the third in a three-part series:


Resources and Handouts


Audience Comments

  • “All around good content.” — Anthony
  • “Dr. Grantham definitely kept my attention throughout today’s webinar. I enjoy his style of speaking, and, of course, the information was excellent.” — Corinna
  • “The scoring of intel and sources reliability and documentation of information and intelligence gleaned.” — Christin
  • “Working with sources and documenting. Excellent trainer.” — Jason
  • “Mr. Grantham did a superb job of summarizing a vast issue into an easily digestible presentation. At the moment, I cannot think of any conceivable feedback for improvement – it’s perfect.” — Jodie
  • “David was a very interesting speaker. I gained good information for collecting information if and when I may need it. I am currently a probation agent but I often times receive information to pass on to detectives. Understanding the process and documentation will be useful for me to assist our detectives.” — Melissa
  • “Clear, well-sequenced topically, very practical, and emphasizes the elements and critically important nature of intelligence.” — Bill



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