The May 2017 issue of NCCD News includes a new project on child welfare in New Mexico; an NCCD staff member to present at an international conference; and more. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.
This issue of SDM News delves into the difference between danger and risk when using the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model in child protection work.
Confused about which Structured Decision Making® (SDM) assessment to use for what decision? Look at our new handout—and share with others—to gain a better understanding of the SDM® model.
This is the second in a new series of handouts that communicate key aspects of the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model. This handout lists each SDM assessment along with the critical, corresponding question that assessment helps to answer. Please feel free to share the handout with others interested in the SDM model.
NCCD Board of Directors Chair Emeritus Ira A. Lipman has championed and promoted social justice throughout his private and professional life. As part of that commitment, Mr. Lipman has been one of NCCD’s most steadfast supporters. He joined the NCCD Board of Directors in 1975, became Chair Emeritus in 1996, and continues to hold the title of Honorary Chair. As he says, “I look at NCCD as an organization focused on trying to be America’s progressive conscience. It is critical for NCCD to succeed.”
In this webinar, Dr. Jesse Russell of NCCD discusses the proven structural factors that bring families to the attention of child welfare agencies and how these factors should be considered when implementing predictive modeling tools. The webinar also looks at how predictive analytics and machine learning can support systems’ efforts to increase equity and use their resources for positive impact.
In this final brief, Chris Baird summarizes the major problems identified throughout the series regarding risk assessment models, then goes on to suggest four steps toward remedying those problems.
Brief five of six discusses the research behind structured professional judgment (SPJ) models, a less structured approach to risk assessment favored by the justice field. In this brief, Chris Baird addresses concerns with the validity, reliability, equity, and utility of SPJ models.
This brief explores the research behind many current models, discusses methods commonly used to measure “predictive power,” and outlines what is required to measure the efficacy of various approaches to risk assessment.
The February 2017 issue of NCCD News includes an introduction of three new board members; a new publication and webinar; a new criminal justice reporting project; and more. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.