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Key Considerations When Developing and Implementing a Testing Plan

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Date Published
April 2020
3 pages
This report presents the rationales for and features of key considerations in developing and implementing a testing plan for backlogged, untested sexual assault kits (SAKs) under the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI).
Ten steps are presented for developing and implementing a SAKI testing plan. The rationale for each step is presented, followed by a recommendation for implementing it. The steps are to 1) Assemble a team to create the testing plan; 2) Make strategic considerations for submitting all sexual assault kits for testing; 3) Ensure the inclusion of partially tested SAKs; 4) Determine how SAKs will be selected for testing; 5) Choose a laboratory for SAK testing; 6) Determine the best method for testing; 7) Prepare to submit SAKs for testing; 8) verify the post-testing results; 9) Receive CODIS hits and actions for follow-up; and 10) Conduct a multidisciplinary team review of testing policies and procedures. Information is provided on sources of assistance for developing and implementing a SAKI testing plan. 5 references

Date Published: April 1, 2020