Using helpful analogies to other professions, this edition of SDM News explains how SDM assessment tools aid social workers in balancing professional judgment with information gained from the tools.
The SDM® system is like a good friend: Both are reliable, with SDM assessment tools going through inter-rater reliability testing to determine how truly reliable they are.
Why “safe with a plan” provokes anxiety in many child welfare workers and how the SDM® system can help. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.
This edition examines how the SDM® risk assessment helps determine “the who” and “who not” when it comes to allocating child protection agency resources. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.
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.
Addressing decision-making dilemmas with the SDM system.*This link opens slowly; please be patient.
Phillip Decter is appointed to serve as NCCD’s interim director of child welfare. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.
What does GPS have in common with SDM® assessments? Read the June issue of SDM News to learn how we use these tools in similar ways. *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.