Impact Assessment of inforce’s Capacity Building Work in Iraq

Between 2004 and 2006 inforce worked on a number of capacity building projects with Iraqi scientists and police personnel. Although anecdotally inforce is aware of the impact that its training had on some of the Iraqis, the results of the three different training projects financed by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, are now assessed more scientifically. Bournemouth University, where inforce was based until 2007, has commissioned an impact assessment of inforce's work while based there.

They are two major elements to this research project: firstly Roland Wessling, Director of Operations at inforce, will use the inforce archives to assess the impact of the individual training phases theoretically. This will be followed by Brooke Webster, a graduate of the Cranfield Forensic Masters Programme, where will go to Iraq, and test some of the hypotheses derived from being theoretical assessments. This way the true impact of the training individual Iraqis received between 2004 and 2006 can be assessed. Brooke will be interviewing a number of Iraqi scientists as well as people will work with them in order to determine how inforce's training has influenced their daily forensic work. This study looks specifically at the legal aspects of forensic investigations.

In addition to this impact assessments, Brooke will also commence a study on skeletal birth defects in infants born during the Al Anfal campaign in the 1990s and if possible on subsequent generation of new-borns. Brooke will also gather some further scientific data on a study by Dr Melanie Klinkner, a Lecturer in Law at the Business School at Bournemouth University.