IIBA Endorsed Certificate in Analytical Thinking and Evidence Based Decision Making

IIBA Endorsed Certificate in Analytical Thinking and Evidence Based Decision Making

Why Attend

Effective analytical skills are indispensable for professionals who strive to guide their organizations toward well-informed business decisions rooted in robust evidence. While the complexity of problems may vary, a structured approach can be applied to nearly all situations, bolstering the prospects of long-term organizational success. In this course, participants will learn about various analytical thinking techniques that can mitigate the influence of cognitive biases in decision-making. They will also develop the ability to evaluate different types of data to maximize the reliability of evidence. In addition, this course will equip participants with the ability to synthesize data and construct compelling arguments anchored in logical analysis.

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Course Methodology

Various techniques are used in this course, including analyzing business data sets, critiquing several organizational decisions, case study analysis, group discussions, and group presentations.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of analytical thinking and evidence-based decision making
  • Apply logical reasoning and critical thinking strategies to solve business problems
  • Evaluate different types of data and evidence in terms of their relevance and reliability
  • Synthesize information from various sources to create a comprehensive understanding of a problem
  • Develop logical and structured presentations based on analytical evidence
Target Audience

Analysts, managers, and professionals who are looking to build their analytical skills, as well as those who are interested in improving their decision-making capabilities based on analytical evidence

Target Competencies
  • Analytical thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Evaluating data
  • Structuring data
  • Synthesizing information
  • Communicating analytical findings

PD Hours/CDU: 20

Course Outline
  • Introduction to Analytical Thinking
    • Understanding how we think and reason
    • Confirmation bias
    • Analytical versus intuitive thinking
    • The role of creativity in analytical thinking
    • Enhancing the analytical thinking process
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
    • Introduction to critical thinking
    • Dividing issues into manageable sections
    • The use of logic trees in problem-solving
    • Logical fallacies
    • Critical thinking in a professional context
  • Understanding and Evaluating Evidence
    • Types of evidence
    • Evaluating evidence
    • Validity, reliability, and bias
    • The role of statistical literacy
    • Tools for evidence gathering
  • Synthesizing Information and Evidence
    • Techniques for synthesizing information
    • Comparative analysis
    • Thematic analysis
    • Making sense of contradictory evidence
    • The role of perspective in synthesizing information
  • Communicating Evidence-Based Findings
    • Understanding stakeholders
    • Data visualization
    • Building effective arguments
    • Communicating findings by telling a story
    • Storytelling elements
International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®)

Meirc is an Endorsed Education Provider™ (EEP) for the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®). IIBA® is an independent non-profit professional association serving the growing field of business analysis. As the global thought leader and voice of the business analysis community, IIBA® actively supports the recognition of the profession, and works to maintain standards for the ongoing development of the practice and the certification of business analysts. Meirc’s IIBA® accredited courses are based on the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK®) guide. Participants in these courses can earn Professional Development (PD) units as well as prepare for the IIBA® competency-based certification exams including the ECBA™, the CCBA™ and the CBAP™ certifications.

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