The workforce calculator project follows a two-year timeline to produce a workforce calculator to be housed on the FTCoE website. The calculator permits a laboratory to identify the personnel required to support a given level of casework within each area of identification and the associated investment in capital equipment to support that level of activity. The intent of the first year is to produce an initial working tool (Beta Calculator), based upon a decade of performance of the most efficient laboratories from Project FORESIGHT. The second year of analysis permits enough time to develop a more sustainable and more detailed econometric analysis as a long-term planning tool.

The Beta Workforce Calculator

The beta workforce calculator is a proof of concept, developed from a selection of high performing laboratories from project FORESIGHT. All sample laboratories met a standard of 90% laboratory-wide efficiency using the ASCLD Maximus award criteria[1]. Econometric models estimate the relationship between the full-time equivalent (FTE) workforce and achievement of the 90% efficiency standard for laboratory analysis. The econometric analysis examined laboratory performance in light of the type of jurisdiction (state, metro, or regional), size population served, and state crime rates (violent and property).

Laboratories are encouraged to test the calculator and report findings to principal investigator Paul Speaker (paul.speaker@mail.wvu.edu). Laboratory insights will be incorporated into the more detailed econometric analysis in the second year of the project.

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The Updated Workforce Calculator

The second year of analysis permits enough time to develop a more sustainable and more detailed econometric analysis as a long-term tool. Feedback from the beta calculator will be incorporated into the second year testing with additional output breaking down the expected FTE into analytical, support, and administrative positions for optimal performance. Corresponding annual capital expenditures to maintain the support of the workforce will also be developed.

Reminder to all Workforce Calculator users

Cases per FTE is not linear, so a linear comparison should not yield the same results. The calculator is a non-linear econometric model that uses population or Ln(population), dummy variables for jurisdiction type, crime rates (property and violent), and interaction variables between all of these.

[1] Identification of the highest performing laboratories over the past decade followed the ASCLD maximus criteria. At the 2018 ASCLD Symposium, fifteen FORESIGHT laboratories were recognized with the Maximus Award for a weighted performance across areas of investigation that demonstrated casework processed per dollar budgeted above the 90th percentile across all laboratories. A similar analysis was conducted for each past FORESIGHT collection year to identify the annual high performers.