Innovation is one of NCCD’s core values. It’s woven throughout our history: bringing actuarial risk assessment from the justice field into child protection, and bringing the lessons learned there into adult protection. What makes NCCD unique is the way our innovative spirit is guided by our other core values.
- Research: We have exacting standards and we make our methods transparent—never murky or hidden—so that stakeholders are respected, included, and confident in our work.
- Collaboration: We partner with communities and agencies to uplift stakeholder-driven solutions. We invite everyone to bring their values to the table to ensure that all voices can be heard.
- Social justice: We advance equity, ethics, and transparency in the social services sector because we aren’t just tool developers—we feel responsible to ensure that our work helps to improve systems, particularly around racial, economic, and other disparities.
- Integrity: We are truthful, open to feedback and change, and supportive of advances in the field whether they come from us or others. What is good for children, families, and communities is good for all of us.
NCCD and the Children’s Research Center have exciting things on the horizon, and we can’t wait to share them with you. I deeply appreciate the trust our partners place in us every day, and look forward to working alongside you to move our social service and justice systems in a direction we all will be proud of.