DATA FORENSICS

IDENTIFY THREATS. ERADICATE FRAUD.

It’s normal to be afraid of the unknown. However, in the case of your test data, what you don’t know could be hurting you. Caveon Data Forensics℠ is powerful fraud-detection and psychometric consulting that shines a light on suspicious patterns in your testing data. Identify threats, obtain actionable results, and protect your testing program.

WHAT DO YOU LEARN WITH DATA FORENSICS?

Caveon’s experienced Data Forensics and Psychometric Consulting team will analyze your test data using a suite of powerful threat-detection statistics, but what does that really mean? Here are some questions that your data can answer:

Do your tests or items appear to be compromised?

Testing data forensics reveals the trail of clues that answers the question: “Has your exam been exposed?” By running statistical analyses of your test data, our experts can find evidence indicating whether your content has been stolen and used to cheat.

Are test takers colluding or using pre-knowledge?

Yes, data analyses can help you determine whether examinees have seen test content ahead of time and are using pre-knowledge to gain an advantage. Sniff out individuals who memorized or were fed answers, and even locate those who shared content with others.

Have your proctors or test administrators done wrong?

Data forensics is designed to detect anomalous patterns wherever they are. When combined with psychometric consulting, the patterns in your data may even wind up detecting exam fraud before it becomes widespread.

Are there hotspots in your data that we can decipher?

Are there regions or testing windows where anomalies are most prevalent? How can you direct your resources most effectively in the future? Data forensics in measurement and evaluation can help you make informed decisions to improve your test security in the short and long run.

Are proxy test takers infiltrating your program and skewing scores?

Proxy test takers are professionals for hire who subvert security protocols and take high-stakes tests on behalf of other individuals. Data forensics results can help you pinpoint and unmask such proxies, as well as the candidates who employ them.

Is there evidence to support disciplinary actions against fraudsters?

If you do uncover fraud of some kind, you’ll likely want to impose sanctions on those who have violated exam policies or been involved in organized cheating. With data forensics, you’ll have all the information you need to justify sanctions, including experts to testify, if needed.

EXPLORE YOUR DATA FORENSICS OPTIONS

Caveon Data Forensics Service

Our classic, most robust fraud detection service, Caveon’s experienced Data Forensics experts will analyze your test data using a suite of powerful threat-detecting statistics, helping you locate threats and eradicate fraud impacting your program. 

What you’ll get:

  • Regular data forensics monitoring as befits your testing cycle
  • Expert review of your testing data, not just for problems you suspect, but for problems you may not yet be aware of
  • A full, prioritized report of your data forensics analysis, including priority-ranked security concerns

Just in Time (JiT)
Data Forensics™

Already know your way around your data and have a consistent data format? Then JiT™ is perfect for you. Upload your data and get results—fast. After a customized set-up, your data analysis is automatic. We teach you to interpret the results, enabling you to take action when and how it makes the most sense for you.

What you’ll get:

  • Access to the essential suite of data forensics statistics to run on your own testing data
  • Convenience, control, and autonomy over when and how often you conduct your data analyses
  • Training on using the system and interpreting results

Expert Data Forensic Support

Do you have a need that we haven’t already mentioned? Caveon Data Forensics and psychometric consulting also offers advanced analysis services, such as special investigations of suspected instances of fraud and support for legal proceedings.

What you’ll get:

  • Project-based collaboration with our psychometricians, statisticians, and security experts who drill into pertinent data and provide the agreed-upon analyses
  • Customized support tailored to your project’s needs

WE KNOW WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

Caveon introduced robust Data Forensics services to the testing industry. What else do we bring to the table?

Cost-effective Options

Data forensics is the easiest and most impactful way to uncover fraud that could financially harm your program. We offer customized solutions to fit your specific needs and a seriously loud bang for your buck. Whether you want full, customized analysis and reports or just the basics, we have a solution to fit your needs.

The Human Element

Our data forensics experts don’t just crunch numbers, they help you understand them. Our powerful statistical analyses uncover patterns, but it’s our amazing humans who make sense of them. This passionate group of psychometric consulting pros brings the much-needed human element to testing data analysis, using valuable insight to interpret.

A Big, Fat Toolkit

You name it, we analyze it: Computer- or paper-based exams, single- and multi-form exams, technology-enhanced items, performance-based items, and more. We have more than 25 operational statistics covering similarity, answer changes, score differences, response time, and aberrance to choose from, and we’ll select a customized subset for your testing data.

Yogi-esque Flexibility

We work with programs of all shapes and sizes, handling large, complex data sets that allow you to view the complete landscape of threats and weaknesses your testing program faces. Whether your program is large or small, your fraud detection efforts recurring or one-off, we’re flexible enough to handle your project.

Guru-Like Psychometric Wisdom

We’ve seen it all. Seriously. After more than 700 client engagements, and after analyzing more than 50 million test instances, we’re not easily surprised. Our valuable experience supporting investigations and legal proceedings means that your results will be both scientifically- and legally-defensible. We don’t just pinpoint problems. We help you resolve them.

The Security-Driven Framework

We are more than just data geeks, we are security experts. We’ll interpret your results to assess the health of your program and work with you to keep abreast of changing security trends, the latest test design innovations, and updated best practices for data analysis and protection.

Don’t just take our word for it:

“When implementing a comprehensive data forensics program, PMI partnered with Caveon because it was important for us to have a vendor with expertise in both the theoretical and the practical sides of data forensics. By using Caveon, we know that we are getting the best statistical models available and reliable advice for how to use the results. Our partnership allows PMI to quickly identify and take action on invalid scores, which helps ensure we are maintaining the integrity of our high-stakes testing programs.”

Patrick D. Watts
Exam Security Specialist
Project Management Institute

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