The ability to predict the future would prove useful in many areas of our lives. For child protection social workers, it could help them target services to families most likely to experience poor outcomes in the future. In the absence of such an ability, social workers can use the Structured Decision Making® risk assessment. Learn more about actuarial assessment in the September issue of SDM News. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.
The May edition of SDM News highlights an often unseen population within the foster care system: LGBTQ youth. *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.
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.
Check out NCCD’s brand-new handout on the benefits of the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model. This resource is available to help you communicate SDM® model basics with others.
This handout concisely explains the benefits of the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system for each level of an agency: leadership, managers and supervisors, workers, and families. Take a look at the handout and feel free to use it to help communicate SDM® system basics.
Learn about the role of predictive analytics in NCCD’s Structured Decision Making® system in this brief overview.
The fall issue of SDM News covers all things conference—the NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families.
NCCD recently released a report describing efforts made with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to prevent youth involved in the children welfare system from crossing over into the juvenile justice system by using predictive analytics in the form of a newly designed actuarial screening assessment tool. Representatives from NCCD, DCFS, and CJJR presented “Using Predictive Analytics in Los Angeles County to Prevent Child Welfare Involved Youth from Crossing Over to Juvenile Justice.” During this 90-minute webinar, presenters shared their experience developing this actuarial screening assessment tool and the lessons learned from implementing it in the field. Participants also learned about the potential for other jurisdictions to develop and implement similar predictive analytics to prevent crossover from occurring.
NCCD will select up to three entities to receive extensive technical assistance to determine the feasibility of using Pay for Success (PFS) to support evidence-based or promising youth development programming, with an intentional focus on reducing racial inequities in child welfare and juvenile justice systems through preventing entry into these systems and/or improving life outcomes for system-involved youth and young adults of color.