ASCLD Implementation Survey
ASCLD is committed to promoting, encouraging, and maintaining the highest standards of practice in forensic science. This is accomplished, in part, by encouraging the adoption of standards and best practice recommendations endorsed by the Organization for Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC). ASCLD understands that implementation of new methods or protocols is often challenging and resource intensive. In an effort to support the forensic science community, ASCLD is interested in understanding key challenges and barriers to implementation and identifying potential solutions to increase the likelihood agencies/organizations can increase consistency and quality of forensic science practices. Further, ASCLD is interested in capturing baseline information related to the extent to which documents developed or approved by OSAC have been implemented or intend to be implemented into agency/organization standard operating procedures.
Informed Consent
You are invited to participate in a web-based online survey related to the implementation of policies, procedures, and practices based on documents developed or approved by the Organization for Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC). This survey is being conducted by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) Forensic Research Committee and Standards and Accreditation Initiatives Committee. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. This survey is intended for forensic science professionals actively working in agencies/organizations providing forensic science services.

PARTICIPATION
Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may refuse to take part in the survey or exit the survey at any time without penalty. You are free to decline to answer any particular question you do not wish to answer for any reason.

BENEFITS
You will receive no direct benefits from participating in this research study. However, your responses may help us learn more about key challenges and barriers to implementation of new methods or procedures, identify potential solutions to increase the likelihood agencies/organizations can implement new methods or procedures to increase the consistency and quality of forensic science practices, and understand the extent to which documents developed or approved by the OSAC have been, or intend to be, implemented throughout the forensic science community.

RISKS
There are no foreseeable risks involved in participating in this survey.

CONFIDENTIALITY
Your survey answers will be collected using Google Forms where data will be stored in a password protected electronic format. Google Forms does not collect identifying information such as your name, email address, or IP address. Therefore, your responses will remain anonymous. No one will be able to identify you or your answers, and no one will know whether or not you participated in the study.

Within the survey you will be asked if you are interested in providing your contact information to the ASCLD or to the OSAC Program Office. If you choose to provide contact information such as your phone number or email address, your survey responses may no longer be anonymous to the survey administrator. However, no names or identifying information would be included in any publications or presentations based on these data, and your responses to this survey will remain confidential.

CONTACT
If you have questions at any time about the study or the procedures, you may contact the ASCLD FRC’s Implementation Sub-Committee Chair: Henry Swofford at hswofford@hotmail.com.

ELECTRONIC CONSENT: Please select your choice below. You may print a copy of this consent form for your records. By agreeing to participate in this survey, you affirm that:

-- You have read the above information
-- You voluntarily agree to participate
-- You are 18 years of age or older
Please indicate whether you agree to participate in the survey. *
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