Structured Decision Making® (SDM) Model
Structured Decision Making® (SDM) Model

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NCCD’s Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model is a suite of assessment instruments that promote safety and well-being for those most at risk—from children in the foster care system to vulnerable adults. The first SDM® systems were developed in child welfare and juvenile justice, and the approach has been expanded to foster care, adult protection, and welfare-to-work through NCCD’s commitment to making research actionable across the social services. The SDM model combines research with best practices, offering workers a framework for consistent decision making, and offering agencies a way to target in-demand resources toward those who can benefit most.

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TESTIMONIALS
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SDM tools promote objectivity and transparency in decision making, while affording workers the opportunity to target resources to families that are most at risk for recurrence of abuse/neglect.

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Steve Yager
Deputy Director
Michigan Dept. of Human Services
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The introduction, implementation, and widespread use of the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system over the past several years has transformed our communities’ System of Care from one with frequent disagreement and discord to a more logical and harmonious system. Today, SDM® is the unifying concept relied upon by our Department of Children and Families (DCF) child protective investigators, OurKids intake, DCF children’s legal services, case managers, and our juvenile court judges. We no longer need to rely on hunches—SDM puts science on our side when making critical calls in the life of a child. The return on the SDM investment in South Florida cannot be easily measured. It is priceless.

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Frances P. Allegra
Former Chief Executive Officer/President
Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc.