Oregon Is Dropping an Artificial Intelligence Tool Used in Child Welfare System

 
 

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Oregon Is Dropping an Artificial Intelligence Tool Used in Child Welfare System

June 2, 2022 | by The Associated Press

Sen. Ron Wyden speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing

Hotline workers with Oregon’s Child Protective Services will no longer use an algorithm to determine which families are investigated for child abuse and neglect. Instead, the agency will use the Structured Decision Making® model, a suite of decision-support tools created by Evident Change. While Oregon officials did not comment on any connection between the old algorithm and racial bias, a recent AP review found concerns about racial disparities when technology is used for decision making in the child welfare system. Read the full article here.