The Analyst’s Canvas

A common framework for communicating intelligence and analytics capabilities and requirements across functional and specialist divides, while considering customer objectives and alternative methods. The canvas frames data and analytical methods in the context of the work and mission they support, while avoiding the use of terminology that implies a preferred approach.

The Analyst's Canvas (captioned)

The Analyst’s Canvas is a tool, and it needs to be tested. More than anything else, I’m looking for some people to work through the canvas with one of your use cases and tell me how it went. From there, I need examples you’re willing to share (with sensitive detail removed, of course).

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July 8, 2021: new Test Case Template (canvas in Word format for testers).
June 11, 2021: v1.05: new Customer section for audience/recipient considerations.


  • Blank canvas: PDF | PNG
  • Canvas with notations: PDF | PNG
  • Explorer Guide, v1: PDF
  • Test Case Template: DOCX

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