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Education, Training, and Technical Assistance

We offer a variety of online and in-person educational opportunities designed to familiarize agency administrators with the principles of data analysis and their application to continuous quality improvement. We also offer training on how to use our suite of analytic tools and technical assistance in deploying those instruments to answer agencies’ specific business questions.

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Learn more about the Data Center’s education, training, and technical assistance opportunities:

FCDA web tool tutorial videos

Watch quick, easy-to-follow demonstrations of core FCDA web tool functions or contact us to request an online tour of the system.
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Advanced Analytics for Child Welfare Administration

A 3- to 5-day course where child welfare analysts and managers learn state-of-the art methods for using longitudinal administrative data. Analytic techniques are applied to policy and practice decision-making, program planning, and outcomes monitoring.  Advanced Analytics builds participants’ capacity to ask and answer questions and students learn how to define and conduct analyses that lead to representative and unbiased evidence about system performance.
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Data Slam

Two-day follow up sessions for students who have taken the Advanced Analytics course. Students apply the knowledge and skills acquired through Advanced Analytics to a specific problem of interest that they bring to the table. Working in groups and with guidance from instructors, participants generate evidence from their own administrative data and use it to craft a narrative about performance and opportunities for improvement that they then present to the class. In this way, the Data Slam is as much about effective communication as it is about best practices in evidence use.

Advanced Analytics Management Seminar

A condensed, manager-oriented version of the Data Center’s Advanced Analytics for Child Welfare Administration course. Whereas the longer course focuses on technical aspects of performance measurement, this 2-day version covers the concepts and associated techniques from a management point of view. Participants gain tools and techniques for recognizing best practices in performance measurement that can be applied to ongoing agency efforts to strengthen agency capacity for evidence-based decision-making.
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EDGE: Evidence-Driven Growth and Excellence

A long term, cohort-based training program designed to strengthen child welfare managers’ skills in evidence-based decision-making. Participants learn how to ask mission-critical questions about the performance of the child welfare system, use administrative data to generate and interpret the answers to those questions, and use the resulting evidence to brainstorm local/state level improvement efforts. The program involves onsite classroom learning, homework and practice exercises, coaching from experts, and opportunities for students to apply new concepts and skills to self-initiated, job-relevant projects.
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Evidence-Based Decision-Making for Executive Leadership

Coming soon!

Online Continuous Quality Improvement Seminars

Two-part seminars introduce child welfare administrators to basic concepts of longitudinal data analysis and their applications to the cycle of CQI.
View the slides from our last CQI seminar >