IARPA posts updated due date for CREATE program proposals
On February 16, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity released a broad agency announcement for the Crowdsourcing Evidence, Argumentation, Thinking and Evaluation (CREATE) program. The proposal due date for the initial round of selections has been changed to 5:00pm Eastern Time on April 18, 2016.
The CREATE program seeks proposals to develop, and experimentally test, systems that use crowdsourcing and structured analytic techniques (STs) to improve analytic reasoning. These systems will help people better understand the evidence and assumptions that support-or conflict with-conclusions. Secondarily, they will also help users better communicate their reasoning and conclusions. STs hold promise for increasing the logical rigor and transparency of analysis. They can help reveal underlying logic and identify unstated assumptions. Yet they are not widely used in the Intelligence Community or elsewhere-possibly because current versions are cumbersome or require too much time.
Crowdsourcing has the potential to solve these problems by dividing the labor, allowing dispersed groups of analysts to contribute information and ideas where they have comparative advantages. Crowdsourcing can help analysts identify and understand alternative hypotheses, arguments, and points of view. Crowdsourcing of structured techniques may facilitate rational deliberation by integrating different perspectives, so that analysis can effectively benefit from “crowd wisdom.”
Full information is available here.