Triage Decision-Making by Welfare Fraud Investigators
Two studies explored triage decision-making in a welfare fraud investigation, specifically decisions concerning what evidence to collect when deciding whether to pursue a case to prosecution or to issue a warning only. An observational study revealed that triage decisions appear to be determined by subjective estimates of the ease of evidence collection and that these estimates are influenced by complexity of mapping evidence onto fraud types. This hypothesis was explored in an experimental study of investigators, managers, and students choosing evidence to inform triage decisions for cases that varied according to relevance and complexity. Student selections were unaffected by the nature of the case. In contrast, with a simple fraud case, investigators and managers tended to select evidence to support a prosecution decision, but with complex fraud they selected evidence that supported comparative evaluation of prosecution and warning decisions. The results demonstrate flexible expertise in choosing what evidence to sample.
Citation : Walsh, D., Ormerod, T. and Dando, C. (2018) Triage Decision-Making by Welfare Fraud Investigators. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 7 (1), pp. 82-91
ISSN : 2211-3681
Research Group : Institute for Evidence-based Law Reform
Research Institute : Institute for Evidence-Based Law Reform (IELR)
Peer Reviewed : Yes
- Department of Law