NCCD celebrates a successful fundraising campaign and highlights two examples of noteworthy SDM® system implementations.
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.
NCCD announces its new paper on “Principles for Predictive Analytics in Child Welfare” and points to a Los Angeles Times article about a supportive housing program in which NCCD is a partner.
There is currently great interest in the child welfare field in using predictive analytics, spurred on by "big data," to help children and families. But how do we mitigate the risks? In this report, Evident Change lays out principles for product development, evaluation, and practice to use predictive analytics responsibly and successfully.
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.
Read an end-of-year message from NCCD CEO and learn about system crossover research and diversity and inclusion at NCCD in the December issue of NCCD News. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.
Does Elder Abuse Type Tell Us Anything About Five-Year All-Cause Mortality?
It is widely recognized and accepted that confirmed elder mistreatment leads to higher risks of early all-cause mortality. Less understood is whether different types of confirmed elder mistreatment confer a greater risk for all-cause mortality compared to other confirmed types and whether having multiple types of concurrent confirmed elder mistreatment result in compounded risk for death. This webinar presents data from a single study using Texas Adult Protective Services data of confirmed elder mistreatment to predict 5-year all cause mortality among 5-different maltreatment types (i.e. caregiver neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial exploitation and polyvictimization). The findings will be discussed in relation to existing literature and the need for future well-designed mortality studies aimed at understanding the individual impact that different elder mistreatment types may have on mortality.
Presenter: Jason Burnett, PhD
UTHealth, McGovern Medical School at Houston
Co-Director of the Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment Institute
Director of the UTHealth, Forensic Assessment Center Network-APS Division
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.
NCCD CEO responds to Wisconsin prison proposal, and NCCD staff present in California and Georgia in this month’s NCCD News. *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.
Data science and predictive analytics, along with the blog series written by Media for a Just Society Award finalists, round out the October issue of NCCD News. *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.