Cognitive Analysis

Cognitive Analysis as outlined by FLICC (details below)  includes attention to detail, creative thinking, decision making, mathematical reasoning, problem solving, and reasoning.

My work in the Knoxville Regional Foodshed Assessment  involved problem solving, decision making, creative thinking and attention to detail. For example, one challenge was to develop a strategy to locate local food suppliers/producers that were currently outside the known and measured conventional economic indicators. We choose to contact local farmer’s markets, identify local food sellers by personal knowledge, and perform systematic searches online. We also identified stakeholders (i.e., restaurants serving local foods ) as additional reference sources. Through out this process we needed to accurately collect, organize, and share the information between a group of people who were able to meet face-to-face or only online.

Working on the video for the SDMC  allowed me an opportunity to explore new forms of communication; however the work of finding the topic, suggesting the outline, creating the contacts, conducting the interviews, and synthesizing all the various streams of information into a coherent whole took attention to detail, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making.

  • Attention to Detail – Ability to be thorough and accurate when performing work.
  • Creative Thinking – Ability to use imagination to find innovative courses of action.
  • Decision Making – Ability to select and commit to a course of action.
  • Mathematical Reasoning – Ability to use mathematical methods and formulas to solve problems or evaluate outcomes.
  • Problem Solving – Ability to identify problems and to evaluate and select methods to resolve them.
  • Reasoning – Ability to identify and analyze rules, principles, or relationships and to make logical inferences or conclusions.

Products: Video: Science Data Management in the USDAReport: Knoxville Regional Foodshed Assessment