Content Analysis in Systems Engineering Acquisition Activities

Report Number: SYM-AM-16-025

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Systems Engineering

Report Series: Symposium Proceedings

Authors: Karen Holness

Title: Content Analysis in Systems Engineering Acquisition Activities

Published: 2016-05-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

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Keywords: Systems engineering, acquisition, content analysis


This paper examines the role of content analysis in systems engineering technical evaluation processes. Content analysis is a qualitative data analysis methodology used to discover consistencies, inconsistencies, themes, and trends within datasets. This methodology is particularly useful when evaluating Contract Data Requirements List documents, as well as deficiency reports from test and evaluation activities; examples of such analyses are provided. Factors that can impact a systems engineer