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August 28, 2012 | Jennifer Cotter, Senior Program Associate, NCCD
“SDM assessments are only as good as the information you gather” is a phrase I have used in many training rooms to emphasize the importance of connecting with families and engaging them in the interviewing, assessment, and planning process. Most workers understand the “why” of SDM assessments—to inc…
July 16, 2012 | Angela Irvine, Director of Research - Oakland, NCCD
The child welfare, education, and juvenile justice systems have concurrently created disparate outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and gender non-conforming youth. For example, Himmelstein and Brückner (2010) uncover evidence that LGBT youth are more seriously punished for the same crimes committed…
May 18, 2012 | Christopher Baird, Board Member, NCCD
Over the past 20 years, significant advancements have been made in both the presentation of “predictive research results” and the field’s understanding of how these tools can be effectively used to improve decision making in child welfare work. The National Research Council and one of the country’s…
April 16, 2012 | Karin Drucker
The news about former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky recently captured the attention of a nation that has been reluctant to discuss violence against children. However, if one message emerged from the most recent hearing of the Attorney General's National Defending Childhood Task…
April 16, 2012 | Kathy Park and Jim Moeser
The January 31 Wisconsin State Journal story about Dane County Judge Juan Colás' decision to keep 16-year-old Devante James in the adult court system illustrates one of the greatest injustices created by the legislature when changes were made to the juvenile code in 1996. Devante has been charged wi…
April 7, 2012 | Raelene Freitag, Director of CRC and International Projects, NCCD
Two things have been quite clear to me throughout my time working on the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system: 1. The SDM® system is really important; AND 2. It is hard to get people excited about it. Daniel Kahneman's recent book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, provides intriguing research that helps…