The Fall 2015 issue of SDM News describes the benefits of documentation (aka paperwork) using SDM assessments; NCCD's latest work in Singapore; and a pilot program focused on infant safety in San Diego County, California. In addition, meet three new NCCD staff members. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient.
The September newsletter announces the launch of the new SafeMeasures® website; Texas CPS adopts the SDM® system; Dr. Jesse Russell named Chief Program Officer; Jennifer Cotter named associate director of NCCD’s Children’s Research Center. *Note that the link opens slowly. Please be patient.
Disposition matrices help guide decisions, allow for more effective practice evaluation, and are powerful tools for helping systems achieve their goals.
While the abstract concept of validity makes sense, actual testing for validity can be challenging. Because validity exists on a continuum, with degrees of less and more valid, we think of some tools as being more valid than others. This means that a test to determine which tools are most or least valid can be useful.
Risk assessment instruments must be evaluated against certain criteria to ensure they function appropriately and that decision makers are likely to “get it right.”
Research has demonstrated that structured decisions lead to better outcomes than those based on worker judgment alone.
A disposition matrix brings a greater degree of consistency, reliability, and equity to the assessment and decision-making process.
Risk assessment is a core practice to promote safer communities and more successful youth.
The August 2015 newsletter includes the announcement of Kathy Park as CEO, highlights national attention paid to NCCD's evaluation of Richmond, CA's Office of Neighborhood Safety, and introduces our blog series of what works in juvenile justice. *Note that the link opens slowly. Please be patient.
The May issue of SDM News describes an integrated practice model; share updates on NCCD’s work in the Northwest Territories of Canada, Texas, and Singapore; and introduces five new staff members. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) partnered with NCCD’s Children’s Research Center (CRC) to implement a Structured Decision Making® (SDM®) risk assessment for child protective services (CPS). This actuarial risk assessment will help DFPS to identify families at highest risk of future child maltreatment to inform decisions related to service provision with the goal of preventing the occurrence of future harm. DFPS decided to adopt a version of the risk assessment originally developed for a child welfare population served by the California Department of Social Services. To test whether that version of the risk assessment will work as intended for DFPS, CRC conducted this preliminary risk fit study. The results of the study showed that the risk assessment will work as intended for the DFPS CPS population. A full risk validation study is recommended within three to five years of implementation.