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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 >

The independent Tennessee Accountability Center, housed at the Center for State Child Welfare Data at Chapin Hall, is charged to issue three reports on the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services’ maintenance of program, policy, and practice improvements achieved during the years under consent decree. Download the third Tennessee Accountability Center report, focused on measures of outcomes, the process of care, the quality of care, and the Department's capacity to provide care.... 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 >

Friday, September 7, 2018 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Click HERE to register  In partnership with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, researchers from Chapin Hall’s Center for State Child Welfare Data will discuss how they have worked with private child welfare agencies to support evidence-based policy and practice decision-making. Presenters will give examples of tools and techniques that the Data Center has implemented with other organizations, covering three types of work central to the problem solving challenges that agencies face today: Performance measurement. Here we will talk about the Data Center’s work with Necco — a foster care provider agency operating in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Georgia — to develop a performance measurement system that enabled the organization to measure mission-critical outcomes, identify opportunities for improvement, and track change over time. Implementing theoretically sound interventions. In this segment, we will discuss the Data Center’s work with the nationally renowned… Read more >

This past March, child welfare leaders from across the State of California gathered at the University of California at Davis for a two-day CQI Conference for Child Welfare and Probation. Hosted by California’s Department of Social Services and organized by the Data Center’s longtime partners at the Northern California Training Academy, attendees participated in lectures and workshops designed to support county child welfare leaders in their efforts to build strong CQI systems. Policy Fellow Jennifer Haight and Senior Researcher Lily Alpert — both members of the Data Center staff — were among the presenters, leading the following keynote and breakout sessions: Setting the context: Creating a common language for CQI. In this keynote, Jennifer Haight and Peter Watson discussed the differences between CQI structures and CQI processes, and the demand to support performance improvement efforts with evidence. Nuts and Bolts Part 1. In this workshop, Jennifer Haight and Lily Alpert reviewed… Read more >