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Focus Areas

Forensic Science Translation and Implementation

Translating research innovations into practice by advancing criminal justice, public safety, and death investigation

The Forensic Science Translation and Implementation Program moves policy forward by focusing on innovative practices that strengthen justice and improve public safety through the delivery of efficient, interactive, and actionable solutions. We engage expert working groups to understand jurisdictional and national challenges and implementation roadblocks. We identify best practices to inform policy. We translate research findings and outcomes into practice by collaborating with stakeholder communities to raise awareness and gain acceptance. We develop infrastructures and solutions to provide comprehensible resources, organized in central locations to create communities of practice and enhance collaboration. We disseminate evidence-based knowledge through community engagement and multi-faceted outreach efforts. We provide the forensic science, public safety, and justice communities with the latest professional and technical information from the field—sustaining knowledge adoption and implementation.

We offer the following evidence-based solutions:

  • Content strategy, usability testing, and prototyping
  • Dynamic process maps and toolkits
  • Interactive data visualization, material development, and reports
  • Learning assessment design for accredited continuing education
  • Multidisciplinary, stakeholder-developed strategy development
  • Multimedia development (e.g., webinars, podcast, video, and instructional resources)
  • Needs assessment and user-centric design
  • Process and outcome evaluation
  • Training simulation and virtual reality solutions
  • Website, mobile applications, and digital product development

We strengthen justice and improve public safety using the following tools:

  • Evaluation and assessment to ensure training effectiveness
  • Generalizable knowledge utilization
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Professional certification
  • Stakeholder collaboration
  • Strategic communication and dissemination plans for audience engagement
  • Technology adoption
  • Training and technical assistance

Our multidisciplinary experts leverage their backgrounds in forensic science, public policy, instructional design, multimedia communication, leadership, and project management to deliver effective, scientifically grounded solutions to address the challenges faced by a broad audience. We engage the community, share knowledge, and foster interdisciplinary collaboration to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice.