- Start date: 1 January 2018
- End date: 1 April 2018
- Funder: Government Communications and Planning Directorate
- Primary investigator: Professor Maria Lonsdale
Effective communication of information is essential to intelligence work. This study identifies the main obstacles to good communication: policy-related challenges; cognitive impediments; resource limitations; cultural and structural issues within intelligence communities; and technical information. To illustrate, it examines four cases when poor communication contributed to intelligence shortcomings. Via questionnaire and document survey, the study identifies the current state of practice in UK intelligence communities. The survey of visualisation documents currently in use revealed errors against established principles of Information Design. Thus, to ensure better handling and dissemination of intelligence, there is a distinct need to apply Information Design principles.