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The Michigan Department of Social Services Risk Based Structured Decision Making System: An Evaluation of Its Impact on Child Protection Service Cases

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Selected counties in Michigan have been using actuarially-based CPS risk assessment since 1992, based on research conducted on Michigan cases substantiated in 1987. In the fall of 1994, CRC conducted a revalidation study to determine how well those risk assessment instruments did in discriminating between families with high or low probabilities of future abuse or neglect, and to determine if the instruments could be improved. This report summarizes findings from the validation study and addresses issues raised by workers.

Michigan's Structured Decision Making: An Evaluation of Its Impact on Child Protection Services - FULL REPORT

| Christopher Baird, Dennis Wagner, PhD, Rod Caskey, Deborah Neuenfeldt

This report outlines the results of a comprehensive evaluation of Michigan's SDM system. The design of this system was a joint effort of the Michigan Department of Social Services and CRC. The primary objective of the system is to improve decision making, case planning, and case management, thus reducing the incidence of child abuse and neglect in families referred to child protective services. The following is a 30-page summary of the system and the major findings of the evaluation completed in 1995.

Michigan's Structured Decision Making: An Evaluation of Its Impact on Child Protection Services - HIGHLIGHTS ONLY

| Christopher Baird, Dennis Wagner, PhD, Rod Caskey, Deborah Neuenfeldt

This report outlines the results of a comprehensive evaluation of Michigan's SDM system. The design of this system was a joint effort of the Michigan Department of Social Services and CRC. The primary objective of the system is to improve decision making, case planning, and case management, thus reducing the incidence of child abuse and neglect in families referred to child protective services. The following is a three-page summary of the major findings of the evaluation completed in 1995.