Understand to Engage

Understanding the organizational structures, mindset and motivations of a target-group requires a comprehensive knowledge of the cultures, perceptions, values, beliefs, interests, and decision-making processes of the related individuals and groups. The method and mindset represented by Understand to Engage (U2E) is highly relevant for every police officer, prosecutor, communications advisor, policy maker and other stakeholders involved with operations or investigations that include complex 'target groups'. 

Cutting-Edge Special-Forces Methodology

Developed and applied in the U.S., U.K., and The Netherlands

Thoroughly Scientifically Supported

Based on extensive practical research in the field of Behavioural Science

Varied Experienced Experts

Diverse national and international experts in differing parts of the course

Only at TGI

Unique, patented course materials


Traditional descriptive intelligence and trend analysis are not enough to outsmart modern opponents. The contemporary security environment is full of challenges posed by states and non-state groups alike. Over the last two decades it has become clear that all these actors have become increasingly apt in playing the role of both the fox and the lion.

An emic perspective – which takes the groups’ behaviour framed by the context and situation as its point of reference – will enable a much broader and deeper situational knowledge than the usual perspective of the ‘outside’ researcher (the etic perspective). This new perspective creates the foresight which enables law enforcers to get one step ahead of their opponent. This is the methodology of Understand to Engage.



Understand To Engage consists of three phases, broadly speaking:

  • The creation of a 'team or teams', in which mutual trust is established, risks can be taken, long-term goals can be pursued, and mutual communication streamlined efficiently;
  • The understand phase, in which the target groups affected by the issue are - according to their own standards ('emic') - understood from the inside as opposed to predefined checklists ('etic'). In this phase, there must be the opportunity for experimentation, hypothesis testing, and goal adjustment;
  • The engage phase, in which verified hypotheses give rise to (creative) action. Previously built-up networks are used, and successes achieved earlier are further exploited.



Understand to Engage is based on innovative methods of behavioural science research as a basis for security operations. U2E is unique in the sense that it translates 'scientific' behavioural theoretical insights to the specific security context, while making them practical.

TGI offers a two-week Understand to Engage course. The design of the course is however a customised process that can therefore be tailor-made to accommodate the client’s specific wishes (content and/or planning-related).


The full Understand to Engage program comprises a dedicated and comprehensive 2-weeks training course in various locations.

The first full course will kick off in Q1 2022. Keep posted for exact dates, or contact us to get notified once dates are set.

If you are interested in integrating certain aspects of Understand to Engage into a tailor-made course let us know through the link below.

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"Understand to Engage is conducted in the physical, cognitive, virtual and emotional domains. It uses appropriate levers that are specific to the target audience to enable the supported force's freedom of action at the strategic, operational and tactical levels during conflict and peacetime."


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