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A Case Study of Youth Villages’ Intercept® Program In this report, Scott Huhr and Fred Wulczyn report findings from their second evaluation of Youth Villages’ Intercept® program.  For the first report, Huhr and Wulczyn examined the effect of Intercept as a placement prevention program.  This second study examines whether Intercept increases permanency rates.  Intercept is an intensive services program that targets families with children at risk of placement and families with children who are already in foster care.  When working with families whose children are in foster care, Intercept focuses on increasing the likelihood of permanency. Key features of the program include program intensity (meeting with families an average of three times weekly), low staff caseloads of 4 – 5 families, active 24/7 on-call structure, and structured weekly supervision and consultation from a licensed clinician who is an expert in the model.  The state of Tennessee, which offers Intercept in various counties around the state,… Read more >

In this report, findings from the evaluation of Youth Villages’ Intercept® program will be shared.  Intercept is an intensive in-home services program that targets families with children at risk of placement. Results indicate that Intercept does significantly reduce the odds of placement, especially during the 3-6 months post-referral.  Findings also suggest that the effects are sustained up to one year after the intervention ends.... Read more >

Data Center staff recently completed a report entitled “Reentry to Foster Care: Identifying Candidates Under the Family First Act”, which can be downloaded by clicking here. Context and Purpose The Family First Prevention Services Act provides federal funding for evidence-based interventions for children who are at risk of coming into foster care (i.e., “candidates”). Most conversations are focused on services that prevent children from entering out of home care for the first time. However, there’s an equally important group of children at risk of placement into foster care: children who are at risk of returning to care. They, too, may benefit from the services made available through the Family First Prevention Services Act. The Study To address this policy question, we looked at three sets of risk factors with regard to the risk of returning to care: (1) demographic characteristics of children, (2) placement history, and (3) elapsed time since… 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 >

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 >