Allegheny County’s Research on Integrated Administrative Data That Improves Foster Care Outcomes is Highlighted in GovTech Article

“Sharing Data Key to Improving Foster Care Outcomes”  “An average of 32 percent of foster students change schools in a given year, making data sharing imperative to improving their educational success.” States that share data among child welfare and education agencies have a better chance of lessening some of the barriers foster care students face…

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Camden, NJ Project Seeks Better Health and Safety Through Data-Sharing

For close to a decade, a group of Camden health-care providers has used a database of information culled from the city’s three hospitals to evaluate medical costs, identify hot spots in neighborhoods, and develop outreach programs. Soon, the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers will also be able to look at data from the criminal justice…

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NYC Uses IDS to Evaluate Supportive Housing Program

The New York City Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI), an AISP Network site, recently performed an outcomes study of a Good Shepherd Services’ supportive housing program for at-risk youth in NYC. The study utilized administrative data from different agencies in order to look at outcomes for youth enrolled in the program compared to…

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New TANF Data Measures Bolster a More Concrete Evaluation of Education Risk Factors

Washington State’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides financial assistance to low-income families and supports employment and economic self-sufficiency among parents. The state’s TANF program, WorkFirst, underwent a redesign in 2010 to focus on the needs of the whole family. Part of this redesign included a cross-agency workgroup overhauling the program’s performance measures…

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Data Makes High School Outcomes of Special Education Students Visible

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), in conjunction with the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA), published a report detailing the experience of special education students as they transitioned from high school to adult life. Students with developmental disabilities can receive specialized transition services through the DSHS Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)…

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Administrative Data Documents Challenges of High-Needs Students

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), in collaboration with the Research and Data Analysis Division, recently released “School Works,” a study utilizing administrative data from multiple sources to measure the effects of frequent school mobility. It primarily takes data from INVEST, a cross-agency limited dataset containing data from the DSHS Integrated…

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AISP Study Reveals How Risk Factors Affect Classrooms

“An Investigation of the Relations Between School Concentrations of Student Risk-Factors and Student Educational Well-Being” was recently published in Educational Researcher. The study identifies several risks factors – low maternal education, inadequate prenatal care, homelessness, and maltreatment – in order to determine the relationship between these variables and educational outcomes. It utilizes administrative data to…

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IDS Has Potential to Improve Public School Rating System

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) published an article that emphasized integrated data systems (IDS) as a worthwhile tool that can be used to better rate public schools. NYC schools are often labeled as successes or failures. Research indicates this rating is inadequate because academic performances are compared only to other schools with similar demographics….

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Washington Post Covers AISP Study

The Washington Post recently published an article on a study that John Fantuzzo, AISP co-Director, did in conjunction with Philadelphia, an AISP Network site. The study focused on the effects disadvantaged children have on the academic performance of other students within the classroom. Researchers examined the performance of over 10,000 students between kindergarten and third…

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Report on Public Housing Authorities Provides Rare but Vital Data

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has published a study with participation from the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA) detailing information about clients that receive assistance from public housing authorities (PHAs).  The report, titled “Characteristics of Housing Assistance Recipients from Three Public Housing Authorities,” poses three central questions to frame…

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Children with Behavioral Health Needs on Medicaid Prompt System Redesign

In a recent report, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA) collaborated to redesign the state’s children’s behavioral health service delivery system. To illustrate the redesign process, this report describes the behavioral health needs and other characteristics of children and youth with Medicaid coverage….

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New York Times Reports Ways in Which Poverty is Being Addressed

In a recent op-ed, The New York Times described today’s state of poverty and society’s gradual but evident steps towards progress to amend it. Although the issue of poverty has yet to be resolved, progress in repairing social problems has emerged in several identified areas. The report breaks this down into three categories. First, organizations…

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IDS Demonstrates Housing Outcomes of Individuals Leaving Institutional and Out-of-Home Care Programs

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), with collaboration from the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA), has published a report that scrutinizes the housing outcomes of individuals who recently exited institutional or out-of-home care settings in State Fiscal Years (SFY) 2010 and 2011. Data for this report comes from study populations…

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Housing Instability and Homelessness Endangers Emancipated Foster Youth

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), together with the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA), has released a report titled “The Housing Status and Well-Being of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care in Washington State.” This study recounts the housing outcomes of 1,116 youth that graduated from the foster care system…

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