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The following research projects are posted by the IAI as a service to members. The IAI maintains no further information about any particular project that is posted. Listing does not constitute an endorsement by the IAI. Please correspond directly with the agency or individual doing the research.

IAI Research Listing Policies

  • Research projects for posting, not to exceed 60 days. If no date is specified, the information will be removed after 60 days.
  • Please make sure the posting has the name of the organization or individual doing the research.
  • Please make sure your documentation includes a link to the survey.

Send Posting Request To:

Glen Calhoun,COO
International Association for Identification
2131 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 403
Hollywood, FL 33020
Voice: (954) 589-0628


Please send the information in electronic form (not scanned)


Research Postings Below


Latent Print Examiner Black Box Study 2022 (LBB22)

The Latent Print Examiner Black Box Study 2022 (LBB22) is being conducted to measure the accuracy and reproducibility of latent print examiners’ decisions when comparing latents to known fingerprints that were acquired by searches of the FBI Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, and to compare these results with those from previously published Black Box studies. In particular, this study will evaluate whether latent print examiner performance has changed since the 2009-2011 FBI-Noblis Latent Print Black Box Study, in which nonmated image pairs were selected using the earlier FBI IAFIS (Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System). 

Posted 3/1/2023

Forensic soil survey

Are you in law enforcement, are you a forensic soil analyst, or a forensic service provider? If you are over 18 and fluent in English, we’re interested in hearing about your experience and thoughts about forensic soil or geological materials evidence. You are invited to participate in a voluntary survey run by Dr. Gwyneth Gordon of Arizona State University about geological soil evidence. For more information, go to this website:

If you have any questions about your rights as a subject/participant in this research, or if you feel you have been placed at risk, you can contact the Chair of the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board, through the ASU Office of Research Integrity and Assurance, at (480) 965-6788. Please reference IRB STUDY#00016934.

Posted 12/5/2022

Forensic Examiners Needed to Participate in an Impression Quality Survey

I (Lily Lin) am seeking forensic examiners (of any sub-discipline and not limited to footwear) to participate in an online footwear impression quality survey. 

This study is part of my PhD research in Forensic Science at West Virginia University (WVU) and has an approved protocol (No. 2002883012) on file with WVU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Willing participants will review 55 pairs of shoeprint impressions, and rate the type and reliability of information available in the impressions, as well as provide an opinion regarding the highest level of source-attribution that can be reached based on the totality of information present.  All responses will be anonymized and personally identifiable information such as your name will not be collected. I anticipate that the survey will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to complete (about 1 min to review each image pair) and must be completed in a single sitting (the survey will terminate if the web browser remains idle for over 15 mins).

To participate, please email me (Lily) at, or simply access the following URL:

The survey will remain open for six months (May 31, 2023), but I would be grateful for your early participation (prior to January 31, 2023). Thank you in advance!   Your time, effort, and participation are greatly appreciated!

Posted 11/2/22

Reliability and limits of the Accreditation in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis  

Data collection is done via a survey created specifically for this research, which is directed to bloodstain pattern analysts. 

English questionnaire :

French questionnaire :

Posted 10/21/22

Factors Affecting Forensic Decision Making - Yale Decision Neuroscience Lab 

The aim of this study is to explore factors that may play a role in the triaging of items collected from crime scenes.      

More info  Posted 8/2/2022

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) practitioners'

Call for participants to complete a survey regarding Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) practitioners' current methodologies to classify bloodstains. 

More Info and survey link.  Posted 7/26/2022