Investigative and Data Quality Subcommittee Work Plan
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Goal 1: Mandate the use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form (SUIDIRF) for law enforcement agencies and coroner offices during infant death scene investigations.
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Members interested in Goal 1: Amber Urban, Kelly Lear-Kaul, Ann Halbower, Christal Garcia, Lindsey Myers, Leah Emerick Anderson, Colleen Kapsimalis, Jennifer Kelloff, Theresa Rapstine
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Objective 1.1: By June 30, 2016, improve knowledge and skills and increase use of SUIDIRF by law enforcement agencies and coroners in Colorado.
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Expected Outcomes:
-Increased number of law enforcement agencies and coroners' offices trained on how to complete the SUIDIRF and how to conduct doll reenactments.
-Increased number of law enforcement agencies and coroners' offices reporting improved knowledge and skills to complete the SUIDIRF and conduct doll reenactments.
-Increased percentage of Colorado coroners’ offices and law enforcement agencies using the SUIDIRF when investigating SUID cases in Colorado from 16 percent to 20 percent.
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StrategiesActivities/Tasks
Person(s) Responsible
Timeline
Implementation/Progress Notes
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1.1a: Conduct a needs assessment with Colorado coroners and law enforcement agencies to assess barriers to filling out SUIDIRF.1. Review and analyze June 2015 Infant Death Scene Investigator Training evaluation data.Subcommittee 11/5/2015-Clarify role of Infant Safe Sleep Partnership (maybe can help with explaining why the SUIDIRF is important)
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2. Conduct key informant interviews with CFPS State Review Team members to understand potential barriers.
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3. Develop training schedule informed by potential barriers.
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4. Task 4?
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1.1b: Provide technical assistance and training to local law enforcement agencies and coroners’ offices to ensure they have the skills, knowledge, and resources to fill out the SUIDIRF. 1. Ensure that Local CFR Team Coordinators, coroners, and law enforcement agencies have access to the SUIDIRF on the CFPS Collaboration Website.-Partner with local teams to help disseminate information about SUIDIRF
-Assess local teams and how many of them use the SUIDIRF
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2. Request that coroner and law enforcement agency representative(s) of the local CFR teams to implement use of the SUIDIRF form at their local agencies.
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3. Host an in-person infant death scene investigation training for coroners and law enforcement agencies to teach them how to use SUIDIRF and doll reenactments.By 02/29/16-Include a role play on how to fill out/interview a family and conduct doll reenactment
-Focus on top 10 SUID counties
-Potential trainers: Dr. Krista Timm (Denver ME may be moving CO coroners towards using SUIDIRF and doll reenactments—starting with awareness and letting people know they exist and then how to incorporate it into investigations), Amber Urban, someone from Arapahoe Coroner’s Office
-If doing training, would want something basic/introductory and more advanced (two tracks in one day)
-Would want to have interactive piece (practice scene investigation with role playing)
-For developing the training, we'd want it to be county-specific so that there is coordination of the SUIDIRF (that it is completed and shared witht he appropriate agencies)
-Possibility of going county by county to do the trainings, but this is a lot more work
-Use June trainig feedback to reach out to partcipants as a 'follow up'
-Training is more about getting accurate informaiton for a thorough autopsy and for determining if there is a crime
-Training agenda: Overview/introduction of what SUID is, what the fomr is, why it is used, and what the impact is (criminally, data, etc.). Then spend the rest of the day doing case studies, practice doing doll reenactments, family interviews with actors (medical school has a group of actors. CAPE)
-First one in JeffCo in winters
-Figure out ways to video record the training (and others) to make available on the web
-Would want to get Crime Scene Investigators involved because they are the ones who are documenting the cases/investigators
-Why Should Child Deaths be Treated Like a Homicide?
-Definitely get POST, ABMDI, CCA
-Data from JeffCo about missing infomration in CFPS so we can include this in the role plays
-Ideally partciipants would go through two case studies
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4. Develop web-based training for coroners and law enforcement agencies to teach them how to use SUIDIRF and doll reenactments.-Webinar for team members (especially investigators—LE, DAs, CBI, coroners) about the SUIDIRF
Colleen to ask if there are any national resources that we can promotoe
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5. Disseminate doll reenactment dolls to law enforcement agencies and coroners.By 02/29/16
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1.1c: Evaluate use of the the SUIDIRF and doll reenactments.1. Conduct process evaluation to assess whether standardized suicide investigation tool is being used by law enforcement and coroners as intended. and outcome evaluation to measure increase in use of the SUIDIRF.
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2. Conduct outcome evaluation to measure increase in use of the standardized suicide investigation tool .
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3. Task 3?
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4. Task 4?
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Objective 1.2: By June 30, 2016, engage stakeholders in Colorado to determine feasibility of proposing legislative changes to mandate the use of SUIDIRF for law enforcement agencies and coroners’ offices.
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Expected Outcomes:
-Increased awareness of external partners who understand the importance of mandating the use of the SUIDIRF.
-Increased number of CFPS State Review Team members who advocate for legislative changes to mandate the use of the SUIDIRF.
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StrategiesActivities/Tasks
Person(s) Responsible
TimelineProgress Notes
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1.2a: Assess feasibility of proposing legislative changes to mandate the use of SUIDIRF for law enforcement agencies and coroners' offices.1. Convene stakeholders (law enforcement, coroners, other investigators, etc.) to discuss opportunities to mandate the SUIDIRF.-Questions to consider: should pursuing a mandate be the role of the subcommittee at this time? Would it be best to focus efforts on education/awareness-raising? What is the role of CFPS State Review Team members to advocate for potential legislation?
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2. Conduct policy analysis that includes the following steps: understand and define the problem, gather sources of information and evidence, develop alternative solutions (include any information from other states), identify criteria for decision-making framework, estimate impact of policy alternative, develop decision matrix, advocate and pass policy.
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