Page 1: Introduction

Study Title: A pilot study of the professional development needs of intelligence analysts in Sub Saharan Africa 

The purpose of the pilot research is to collect data to gain an understanding of the current view on professional development of the broader intelligence analysis career group in Sub Saharan Africa. The issues being investigated include their attitude towards the profession, their own personal professional development as well as their education development needs.

For purposes of this survey, Intelligence Analysts are those working in the intelligence, law enforcement, defence, government, regulatory and corporate security sectors where they research, identify, assess, and communicate events, risks, threats, crime and political issues to assist decision-makers. This pilot study will use the overarching term “intelligence analyst” to group together those with the job title security risk analyst, crime analyst, crime intelligence analyst, financial intelligence analyst, intelligence officer, OSINT analyst, research specialist, political risk analyst, policy analyst, cyber threat analyst and the like.

This research, an anonymous survey, is being conducted as the first phase of research into the viability of intelligence analysis education in Sub -Saharan Africa and is being pursued in furtherance of a Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management at the University of Portsmouth.

You have been identified as a potential respondent by the researcher, a colleague or a third independent person from your organisation who thought your participation will add value to the research results.

I would like to invite you to take part in my research study by completing this anonymous questionnaire, which should not take longer than 15 minutes to complete. The survey is voluntary, but your participation would be valued.

As previously stated, the survey is completely anonymous and web based. No email addresses or IP addresses are captured by the academic survey service, Bristol Online Surveys, which Portsmouth University uses for this purpose.

Responses from completed questionnaires will be collated for analysis; once this is complete the original questionnaires will be retained on the secure servers of the Bristol Online Survey and the University of Portsmouth until the completion of my thesis.

There are no risks for the participants or the organisations to which they belong. None of the questions are of a sensitive nature or address issues that might be seen as confidential.

The data and findings from the pilot research are anticipated to be used in three ways:

  1. A summary of the findings will be included within an interim academic assignment submitted as part of the overall assessment towards my doctoral degree course.
  2. It is also intended to be used as the basis of material for an academic article to be written on the subject of professional development needs of intelligence analysts in Sub-Saharan Africa after the pilot research has been completed, with a view to potential publication.
  3. It will be used to inform the main phase of my planned doctoral research into this subject area, and may be referred to, and used within the final research thesis and associated output.

I would like to express my appreciation to you for agreeing to take part in this research. If you have any questions about the research, or would like to be involved in the further phases of the research, you are welcome to contact me.

Researcher: Dalene Duvenage

Candidate: Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management (DSyRM)

Portsmouth University, UK.


Mobile: +27-82-413-1922

Name of supervisor: Prof Alison Wakefield

Course Leader, BSc Risk and Security Management; Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management


Tel: +44 (0)23 9284 3942