Upcoming Webinar— Data Integration across Human Service Agencies: Building Capacity and Promoting the Use of Evidence
July 15, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Integrating data across human service agencies involves two main types of activities—capacity building and evidence use. Capacity building efforts are those that enable state and local agencies to link data from various sources. Evidence use describes what those agencies do to analyze integrated databases, develop knowledge, and use that knowledge to improve policy and practice. This webinar will highlight perspectives from a variety of stakeholders on data integration practices in and across human service agencies.
A brief description of the speakers and their presentations appears below.
Howard Hendrick, Director of Human Services Business Strategy, Accenture (former Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services) and Megan Lape, Program Manager/NWI, APHSA will discuss the work of APHSA’s National Workgroup on Integration’s Analytics Committee. They will provide information from the perspective of state/ local governments and the industry on what analytics means in the context of human services, how agencies can begin to assess their analytic capability, and different strategies states can consider in preparation to use analytics, as outlined through the recently released Analytics Capability Roadmap 1.0 for Human Service Agencies.
Mike Wirth, Special Advisor on eHHR Integration, Virginia Health and Human Resources Agency will discuss lessons learned and plans as Virginia HHR works to build a more data analytics-driven agency culture. Points to be addressed include agency self-assessment efforts, collaborative knowledge building, data governance, and initial cross agency analytic pilot projects.
Erin Dalton, Deputy Director, Allegheny County Department of Human Services will share lessons in building and using integrated data to improve practice. The discussion will include a look at the tools that are used to help front line workers use integrated data to coordinate care.
Fred Wulczyn, Senior Research Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and Director of The Center for State Child Welfare Data will discuss examples of how Data Center researchers have linked child welfare records to data from other human service systems and how research using integrated databases generates knowledge that human service agencies can use to guide policy and practice decision making.