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August 15, 2018 | Rachel Polivka
Being a research intern for NCCD has been a great experience thus far, giving me a new perspective of the systems that serve people in our society. Most projects I have worked on have dealt with the child welfare system and the programs and curricula that are in place to reform it. The Structured De…
August 8, 2018 | Grace Li
On Thursday at the Legal Studies 654: Criminal Justice Field Observation seminar, 50-some summer interns reflected on their internship experiences in various criminal justice agencies. Inevitably, the topic of post-graduation plans came up. On the one hand, it seemed like nearly everyone had a remar…
August 1, 2018 | Eduardo Castillo
NCCD staff role playing at a diversity and inclusion training
Talking about race is hard. It can make people uncomfortable and defensive. This summer, as the administrative intern at NCCD, I was lucky enough to be part of a training seminar about the history of racism in the United States and how to have difficult conversations surrounding race. During the wee…
August 1, 2018 | Debra Illingworth Greene
With summer internship season winding down, NCCD is recognizing the students who have brought energy and fresh perspective to our work over the last several months. For the second summer in a row, NCCD partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County to bring high school students into our Madis…
July 11, 2018 | Jess Haven
Dictionaries
“Shared language” is a topic NCCD touches on a lot in our work with the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system. As we begin collaborating with an agency or jurisdiction at the start of an SDM® project, we talk about how important it is to agree on shared language throughout the process. We aim to…
June 27, 2018 | Kama Chase
Not long ago, Arizona Adult Protective Services (APS) recognized the need for practice change due to inconsistencies in services across their six districts. Vulnerable adults were not receiving the same quality of services from one area to another for a variety of reasons, including investigators s…
June 15, 2018 | NCCD
Our series on adult protection continues with this short video on elder abuse, created by NCCD for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This annual international UN observance takes place every June 15 so that the entire world might voice its opposition to “the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of o…
June 1, 2018 | Jennifer Cotter
The adult protective services (APS) field is new to the idea of data-driven decision making. What has been demonstrated over and over again across industries such as medicine, sports, business, and social services is that data and data analytics can help people make better decisions. When it comes t…
May 16, 2018 | Jennifer Cotter
Frequent flyers, super utilizers, returners, hot spotters—these are some of the terms used to describe the phenomenon of recurrent use of public or social services. In other industries, these terms may suggest additional services, incentives, seat upgrades, and free drinks. In public and social ser…
May 8, 2018 | Debra Illingworth Greene
An 80-year-old woman with progressive dementia lives with her son and attends an adult day center twice a week. She shows up one day with bruising around her wrists. A 64-year-old man, who uses a wheelchair and lives with his sister, has a hard time getting around their apartment due to the amount o…