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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