Researchers with Evident Change recently examined additional involvement with child welfare services after parents who completed Family Visit Coaching (FVC) services reunified with their children. The study, completed in the County of San Diego, California, found FVC to be effective at reducing substantiations after reunification.
A new tool guides justice system agencies in creating a more well-rounded service array to meet the needs of the people they serve. Many individuals who have been impacted by the juvenile and/or criminal justice systems have unaddressed needs and traumas. These needs often lead them to—and keep them in—a cycle of justice system involvement. This guide was created to help agencies make strong community and cross‑system connections that will ultimately improve the way people are treated and served.
As part of a study in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) area of Texas, Evident Change researchers created a list of resources available to the local community there. They provide services focused on mental health, substance use disorder, emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, legal advocacy to victims and their families, and more. This resource is available to anyone in need of services or assistance. State and national resources are also included, so help is not limited to the RGV.
Using Administrative Data From APS: Opportunities and Considerations
As more states improve their data systems, Adult Protective Services (APS) agencies are eager to examine administrative data to improve their work. This presentation will use non-technical language to review practical considerations related to organizing and analyzing APS administrative data. We will address approaches for handling erroneous and missing data, as well as defining metrics and comparing findings from multiple locations or programs. Reviewing these details can help practitioners generate more accurate conclusions and improve research quality in this important area. (Materials: slide presentation)
Presenter: Kenny Steinman has over 20 years' experience collaborating with community leaders and agency professionals to conduct rigorous, relevant research. He was a faculty member of the Ohio State University’s College of Public Health for 11 years and most recently has focused his scholarly work on health policy and its intersection with family violence. Steinman’s projects include an assessment of Ohio’s APS system, evaluating programs to prevent child maltreatment in families who struggle with substance use, and how state efforts to expand Medicaid have helped Ohio residents.
The Data for Equity program was created to help direct-service and other organizations build capacity for using data. Data for Equity can help agencies create internal cultures of accountability around equity, work toward sustainable reductions in racial and ethnic disparities, and rebuild systems in a way that supports equitable outcomes.
During its 20-year history, the Team Decision Making® (TDM™) approach has proven to benefit children by decreasing the chance of repeat maltreatment and by increasing the rates of reunification and placement stability. A recent study from Child Trends is the first randomized controlled trial of the TDM approach and offers stronger evidence of its efficacy.