Forum FYI Webinar Series: Preventing Problems Before They Start: Introducing the Role of Prevention Science in Proven Programs

Register now for the first webinar Title: Preventing Problems Before They Start: Introducing the Role of Prevention Science in Proven Programs Time and date: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET, Thursday, April 28 Description: How can science help you solve tomorrow’s problems for youth today? Learn how the benefits of prevention science and research science…

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Schools, Government Agencies Move to Share Student Data

The struggle to protect students’ privacy while making use of the data collected on them in school has for years been focused on the role of outside companies. But while that debate has raged in Congress and statehouses across the country, K-12 school systems in more than a dozen cities and counties have quietly begun…

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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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Administrative Data Helps Identify Benefits of Supportive Housing

This report describes the housing status of 17,471 King County households that received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in State Fiscal Year 2011 to gain a better understanding of how their housing status relates to receipt of social services and indicators of well-being. Five housing status categories were identified using administrative data: three groups…

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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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USC Conference Announces New Integrated Data Initiative

The newly formed Children’s Data Network (CDN) at the University of Southern California (USC) recently made its official debut at a conference promoting the use of administrative data to bolster research on child welfare policies.  The conference attracted a rare but welcome mix of attendees, including individuals from state and county governments, research facilities, foundations,…

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Family Group Decision Making: A Quantitative Analysis of the Impact on Out-of-Home Placement

In 1999, Allegheny County became the first county in Pennsylvania to implement Family Group Decision Making (FGDM), an intervention designed to improve safety and permanency for maltreated children. FGDM involves bringing a family’s natural support system to the table with the formal child welfare system when making critical decisions, including placement decisions. In 2011, with…

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