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SafeMeasures® Blog

March 6, 2017 | Sarah Hesse
“Make it easier for users to find what they need.” Tim Connell, director of application development, scribbled those words on his dry-erase board over a year ago, as he pondered the next version of SafeMeasures®. SafeMeasures, NCCD’s web-based analytical reporting service, turns human services data…
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July 20, 2016 | Ben Free, Business Analyst
This past February marked President Obama’s last release of a proposed federal budget for the fiscal year. Like each budget before, it contains numerous priorities and provides funding for strategies to support them. Among the many strategies that have been included in President Obama’s eight budget…
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April 25, 2016 | Sarah Hesse
“Now what?” is probably the most common question NCCD staff get from agencies after they implement SafeMeasures®. SafeMeasures, NCCD’s state-of-the-art data reporting service, helps social service agencies improve client outcomes by transforming case management data into actionable information. Con…
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November 13, 2015 | National Council on Crime and Delinquency
If you were not able to join us our series of webinars on predictive analytics in child protection, good news! The archived webinars are now available. All webinars in this series are presented by chief program officer Jesse Russell, PhD.       
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November 13, 2015 | Tim Connell, PhD, Director of Application Development
Predictive analytics refers to a set of tools that apply mathematical and statistical algorithms to data in order to find patterns that predict the future likelihood of some event happening for a given individual.    In most situations, these tools are “trained” using historical data. The histor…
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November 13, 2015 | Tim Connell, PhD, Director of Application Development
As tools that use patterns in data to determine the likelihood of something happening in the future, predictive analytics algorithms are highly dependent on the quality of the data they use. The current emphasis on predictive tools is made possible by a huge increase in the amount of data we can st…
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November 13, 2015 | Cory Fink, Regional Director, Maryland Department of Juvenile Service, Eastern Shore Region
Prior to subscribing to SafeMeasures® in late 2012, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services’ (DJS) data reporting was prone to human error and guesswork: case managers reported their data to unit managers, who reported it to their county supervisors and regional directors, who then attempted to…
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July 20, 2015 | Thomas McGeorge, City and County of San Francisco Human Services Agency
The information that the San Francisco Who’s Who list records/collects is crucial to knowing who a case is for and what the key components of a case are: names, addresses, phone numbers, active service providers and collaterals, school information, and health exams. While most child welfare workers…
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July 14, 2015 | National Council on Crime and Delinquency
In this video blog, Casey Foshay, SafeMeasures Operations Manager, discusses a collaboration that occurred between the SafeMeasures team and San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA). The San Francisco HSA asked the SafeMeasures team to create a unique case history to replace a process that workers…
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July 10, 2015 | National Council on Crime and Delinquency
This issue of Esri News for Health & Human Services reports on NCCD's use of GIS mapping to improve child welfare systems in California. Over 50 California counties partner with NCCD for child welfare data monitoring and analysis through NCCD’s SafeMeasures® service. SafeMeasures uses near real-…
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July 10, 2015 | National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Danna Kipnis, staff development officer in Riverside County and long-time SafeMeasures® user, discusses partnership with NCCD and shares a story about NCCD's proactive approach to customer service in this video blog.           
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July 10, 2015 | National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Matthew Wade, SafeMeasures Client Relations Manager at NCCD, chose “collaboration” as the NCCD value that guides his work. Learn why in this video blog.            
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July 10, 2015 | Scott Burdick, Progam Manager, Orange County Social Services Agency
Orange County (California) has been an NCCD SafeMeasures® client for 15 years. Expert user Scott Burdick, Program Manager II in Orange County Social Services Agency, talks about how SafeMeasures helps his agency improve outcomes and do their work better.
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July 10, 2015 | Elaine Higgs, County of San Diego Child Welfare Services Data Unit
In 2012, San Diego County Child Welfare Services, with the assistance of the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC), began a redesign effort to move from quality assurance (QA) to a more robust continuous quality improvement (CQI) system. Our CQI staff are dedicated to turning data into information t…
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July 10, 2015 | Sarah Hesse, Business Analyst, NCCD
As we often assert, a primary goal of SafeMeasures® is to provide people with data in a way that supports their work. A great example is our maps, which we added to SafeMeasures in 2006—initially to show where foster care children are placed and where referrals occur. Since we added maps to SafeMeas…
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July 10, 2015 | Tim Connell, Director of Application Development, NCCD
After 15 years of providing analytical services to child welfare and juvenile justice agencies, the SafeMeasures® team has learned that you cannot simply provide access to outcome data and expect that positive changes will happen. Real change requires a commitment to examining the processes that und…
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July 10, 2015 | Pete Quigley, Managing Director of Information Systems, NCCD
In a few months, I will be retiring from NCCD after more than 25 years. I have been reflecting on how changes in technology during my tenure at NCCD have impacted the research and services we provide our clients.  Before joining NCCD in the mid ‘80s, I worked for the Wisconsin Department of Correcti…
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July 6, 2015 | Matt Wade, Business Development Associate, NCCD
In 2008, during my time as the manager of the Outcome-Based Reporting and Analysis (OBRA) unit at the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), we were fortunate to acquire SafeMeasures®. For the first time, we were able to provide the 120 local departments of social services (LDSS) with near r…
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July 6, 2015 | Sarah Hesse, Business Analyst, NCCD
SafeMeasures, NCCD’s data reporting service, is an important component in our clients’ ongoing “manage by data” efforts. One of the hallmarks of the SafeMeasures service is the accessibility of NCCD staff and our responsiveness to user concerns, known as our feedback loop. The long-term relationship…
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July 6, 2015 | Danna Kipnis, Staff Development Officer, Riverside County Department of Public Social Services
As a staff development officer for the Department of Public Social Services in Riverside County, California, I have been the primary support person for SafeMeasures® training and implementation for the past seven years. I see myself as having several sets of clients. My primary clients are the worke…
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