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Workshop: Blinding in forensic proficiency testing and casework
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:30 am - Friday, November 2, 2018 at 12:00 pm CDT
The workshop, which will be held at the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office in Pittsburgh, PA, will focus primarily on the implementation of blinding in forensic proficiency testing. It will also address contextual bias in casework and task-relevant vs. task-irrelevant information. The workshop will bring together quality managers and laboratory directors from forensic laboratories (both those that have successfully implemented blinding and those that are in the process of implementation or are just interested in learning more about it), along with academic researchers from CSAFE, the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence. CSAFE researchers will provide expertise in experimental design, statistics, and psychology as they relate to blinding in forensic laboratories. The goals of the workshop are to support the implementation of blinding in forensic laboratories through onsite presentations and discussion, as well as to produce a meeting report documenting best practices that can be disseminated to a larger audience.
A hotel block is available at Homewood Suites by Hilton in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Contact: Corin Giglio, Director of Sales, 412-500-7883
8:00am Registration and breakfast
9:00am Opening session
10:00am Coffee break
10:20am Panel presentation: Implementing Blind testing
11:20am Breakout session: Issues to consider
1:00pm Panel presentation: Lab-University partnerships
2:00pm Breakout session: Facilitating inter-lab discussion
3:30pm Coffee Break
4:00pm Discussion: Issues raised in Breakout Session
8:30am Review and synthesis of comments from previous day with focus on identifying key lessons learned, best practices, research needs, and practical
needs moving forward.
10:30am Breakout session: Future work/projects
11:30am Closing remarks