The 3-year project, starting on 1 of January 2012, will focus mainly on promotion of best practice in the evaluation and interpretation of results arising from forensic examinations throughout Europe. It
will involve the following activities:
- developing and implementing a standard for the evaluation of forensic evidence whilst providing some educational support in statistics for practitioners across Europe.
- delivering an on-line competence assessment exam for general forensic knowledge with teaching of the syllabus at 4 regional seminars.
- updating the on-line ENFSI STR BASE software to facilitate better interpretation in DNA casework.
- delivering a training seminar to promote best practice in the evaluation of sub-class characteristics in firearms cases.
- organizing two workshops leading to guidelines on the use of Bayesian statistics for the evaluation of gunshot residue cases.
- producing guidelines for sampling drugs to provide a better understanding of quantitative results.
- devising and piloting a proficiency test (PT) to support better interpretation in computer examination cases.
It is assumed that the abovementioned activities will substantially contribute towards better interpretation of European forensic results and the whole project will considerably strengthen forensic interpretation through the implementation of an international standard, the introduction of competence assessment for forensic practitioners and the improvement of evidence evaluation.