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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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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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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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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DSHS Services Mitigates Likelihood of Postsecondary Education for High School Graduates

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), with collaboration from the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA), has published a study describing higher education enrollment patterns among youth recipients of health and social services. The report utilizes data in the year following the 2008-09 Washington State public high school graduation. The study…

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A Year of Service: Washington State 2012 Review

This August, the Washington State Department of Social Health and Services (DSHS) released a report with participation from the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA). This report, titled Washington State Institutional Review Board, January – December 2012, displays an overview of the Review Board’s organization, membership, and legal documentation during major events in 2012. The…

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IDS Emphasizes Pattern Difficulties of Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

Behavioral Health Needs and School Success is a collaborative report released by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA). This study explores the complicated relationships between behavioral health, risk factors related to social and health service needs, and high school outcomes for 28,922 DSHS…

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Chemical Dependency Treatment Leads to Reduction of Crime

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), with participation from the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA), has published Drug Court Outcomes, a study examining a set of analyses for the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) about the experiences of individuals who received chemical dependency (CD) treatment. This project is…

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