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Resources, Standards, and Expectations: What Crime Laboratories Tell us about Productivity in Public Agencies

PAM, Vol. 16 No. 1, (2011)

This study examined a variety of potential correlates and influences impacting productivity at 94 government-funded American crime laboratories. The study was premised particularly on the hypotheses that variables such as work backlog, lab accreditation, and managerial expectations have an associative relationship with productivity or lack of productivity in crime laboratories. The results of this study, which relied on regression analysis, suggest that productivity indeed does have a positive relationship with lab accreditation and managerial expectations, and has a negative relationship with a climbing backlog of cases. Possible implications for crime lab management and funding (questions of public policy) and for motivation in public sector work places in general (a question of organization theory) are considered.

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