Systematic Analysis
Evidence Review

Systematic Analysis

Hypotheses = Observation + Thought

Systematic Analysis serves every kind of investigation, even those where there are minimal leads. Systematic Analysis is a structured pathway combining observation and thought to produce scientifically sound hypotheses. It’s a method that harnesses principles from both epistemology and cognitive psychology, representing a strategic blend of two significant knowledge domains. The application of Systematic Analysis can significantly enhance your investigative process, whether you’re dealing with anonymous letters, threat notes, last wills, audio recordings, sketches or crime scene images.

Five Stages of systematic Analysis

Stage 1

Enhancing overall perception by collating examples, schemes & standards related to the subject. This broadens the investigator’s perspective to better capture the intricate details of a case and consider diverse potential sequences of events.

Stage 2

Thorough dissection of each available lead, reducing it down to the smallest possible units of information, a process that ensures comprehensive analysis.

Stage 3

Emphasis is placed on the structure of the object under investigation, for example, examining the wording in a document, analysing context within a photograph, or even interpreting the interaction between different elements within a scenario.

Stage 4

Documenting all inconsistencies, anomalies, and contradictions, contributing to a detailed overview of the case.

Stage 5

Consider what is absent but expected to be present.

“Investigators trained in this technique have been able to achieve significantly improved results compared to those using more intuitive or less structured methods.

Henriette Haas: Journal of Forensic Science


Systematic Analysis is more than just a technique – it’s a strategic enhancement to your toolkit, promising a more robust approach to unravelling the complexities of any case.

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