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Category: Process, Quality, and Capacity Investments

By Dr. Jeffrey Krukar, Licensed Psychologist/Certified School Psychologist, Genesee Lake School In our last post, we offered an example of how members of the Wisconsin Association of Family & Children’s Agencies used the EDGE curriculum to advance best practice performance measurement among a group of private child welfare service providers. In this post, we focus on the work of one of those organizations. Here, guest contributor Dr. Jeffrey Krukar describes how he is applying lessons learned in EDGE to improve the way his agency, Genesee Lake School, uses evidence to drive the process of improvement. In her description of WAFCA’s work, Emily Coddington wrote, “WAFCA members are strong believers in the concept that once you know better, you must do better.” GLS’s efforts post-participation in EDGE exemplify this commitment. Inspired to do better, GLS leaders have invested time, resources, and staff to ensure their performance measures are valid, reliable, and… Read more >

Chapin Hall and the Center for State Child Welfare Data are pleased to offer Advanced Analytics for Child Welfare Administration from June 17-19, 2019 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Due to popular demand, we have designed this particular iteration of the course specifically for members of the Illinois child welfare community. The class is designed expressly to help public and private agency managers build skills in using administrative data to make informed policy and practice decisions and improve outcomes for the children and families in their care. Who should take Advanced Analytics? This course is designed for public and private agency child welfare managers who work directly with information resources and who are in a position to influence the use of information in their organization. The course is targeted specifically to those in leadership positions who are empowered to facilitate best practices in measurement and evidence-based decision making within their child welfare agencies. Advanced Analytics is… Read more >

Read about the latest addition to the Data Center’s family of resources: longitudinal administrative data on foster homes. In this report, we demonstrate the potential of administrative data to contribute robust evidence in support of child welfare systems’ efforts to maintain a stable supply of high-quality foster homes.... Read more >
In a recent webinar, Data Center researchers discussed their work with private child welfare agencies to build capacity for evidence-based decision-making. Presenters gave examples of previously implemented tools and techniques, covering performance measurement, implementing theoretically sound interventions, and education and training.... Read more >
January 23, 2018
Under Six Minutes
The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, the University of Chicago’s Departments of Medicine & Public Health Sciences, and the Center for State Child Welfare Data at Chapin Hall are field-testing computerized adaptive mental health tests (CAT-MH™) to diagnose and report on the mental health of young people in the child welfare system. ... Read more >