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NCJ Number: 251045 Find in a Library
Title: Study of Familial DNA Searching Policies and Practices: Cost Simulation Tool User Guide
Author(s): Avi Bhati; Sara Debus-Sherrill
Corporate Author: ICF International
United States of America
Date Published: August 2017
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: ICF International
Fairfax, VA 22031
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2013-R2-CX-0013
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material (Programmed); Issue Overview; Legislation/Policy Analysis; Report (Study/Research); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This user guide describes a tool for estimating or simulating expected costs of adopting familial DNA searching (FDS) technology.
Abstract: The FDS Cost Simulation Tool uses two types of information to estimate potential costs: 1) the probability that a FDS request will progress through various stages of the process; and 2) costs associated with each stage during lab processing. The information provided was obtained from interviews and expert advisors from the Study of Familial DNA Searching. The tool has six tabs. An “Introduction” tab provides some overview information about the tool. The “Transitions Data” tab is where users can enter information about DNA case processing. The “Transitions Data Sample” tab is where users can view example data from the study. The “Cost Data” tab is where users can enter information on expected costs associated with various stages of the familial DNA searching process. The “Cost Data Sample” tab is where users can view example data from the study. The “FDS Cost Simulation Tool Summary” provides a summary of estimated costs based on the information entered.
Main Term(s): Forensic sciences
Index Term(s): Ancestral DNA; Cost analysis; Costs; DNA Typing; Investigative techniques; Law enforcement costs; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ final report; Suspect identification
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