Measuring Deterrence Success of Public Assistance Measures

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
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Application Deadline
2/28/2020 6:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

Recently, there have been several initiatives to make the public more aware of what to do should they observe suspicious behaviors. The end goal is to inspire and empower the public, creating a more aware society, and deterring those with malicious and criminal intent. It is necessary to determine which of the various strategies gave the highest result. In order to do this, it is essential to have a robust means of defining what success looks like and measuring the outputs and impact of the different initiatives. We currently have some methods of measuring deterrence, however, additional measures, especially those that can gather results quickly in dynamic environments would be beneficial. This will allow the development of future successful initiatives to be launched to help the public.

Example Approaches:

  • Analysis of initiatives to determine what success looks like.
  • Model that assesses the effectiveness of initiatives that could be used to predict outcomes of future drives.
  • Development of methods to assess deterrence/prevention of an activity.

Relevance to the Intelligence Community:

Determine how effective deterrence strategies have been.

Key Words: Detecting, Behavioral, Outcome of Campaign Analysis, Deterrence, Prevention, Methods of Measurement


Postdoc Eligibility

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  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the application deadline
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

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  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
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  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
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