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Report Date

March 2020

Introduction

Crime laboratories are expected to provide consistent and high-quality services across multiple domains to criminal justice stakeholders, even though these laboratories may have limited resources and constrained budgets. Operational practices can influence the laboratory’s ability to provide these services efficiently. However, assessing the efficiency of these practices requires the ability to both track performance metrics over time and compare metrics with similar laboratories, which may be resource intensive. Project FORESIGHT is a business-oriented self-evaluation that provides laboratory managers with actionable insights into the performance of their laboratory. These metrics are broken down by investigative area and are based on analysis of a rich set of multiyear data from a growing number of U.S. laboratories. This success story provides an overview of Project FORESIGHT and how it brought value to two early adopter laboratories in the United States: Orange County Crime Laboratory and Denver Police Department, Forensics and Evidence Division.

“Iron sharpens iron. Project FORESIGHT is built on collaboration among peers, and enhanced with academic and economic support—it provides actionable and realistic data to assess how well a lab is performing.”
               – Bruce Houlihan, Director, Orange County Crime Laboratory

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Resources

 

Project Quadrupol: Development of a Benchmarking Model for Forensic Laboratories

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Project FORESIGHT Annual Report, 2017-2018

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The Jurisdictional Return on Investment from Processing the
Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits

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The Hidden Costs of the Opioid Crisis and the Implications
for Financial Management in the Public Sector

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2019 National Opioid and Emerging Drug Threats Policy and Practice Forum

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Forensic Advancement: Just FORESIGHT on Sexual Assault Kits

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Drugs: Just Opioid Financial Burden on Crime Labs

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Workforce Calculator Project

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