Reproducibility is a contemporary discussion affecting many fields. Forensic science has experienced severe scrutiny from both the media and large oversight bodies.
I came across a fairly recent paper - “Beyond CSI: Calibrating public beliefs about the reliability of forensic science through openness and transparency” - https://osf.io/preprints/metaarxiv/tvcm6/ that makes three substantial contributions to this discussion.
It brings together and compares several studies in which laypeople debate the reliability of forensic science practices. It concludes that forensic practices do not enjoy high-reliability ratings from the public.
Secondly, it reviews three empirically-tested ways other scientific fields attempt to restore and maintain their credibility.
The authors also recommend “how forensic science can leverage transparency and openness to improve and maintain its long-term credibility.”
Do you also think that openness and transparency can lead to more efficient practice and research?