Enhance the data infrastructure and analytic capacity of public child welfare and Medicaid agencies to improve the delivery and oversight of services, enhance monitoring of program spending, and conduct cross-program evaluation of service outcomes.
The impetus for the Child Welfare and Health Infrastructure for Linking and Data Analysis of Resources, Effectiveness, and Needs (CHILDREN) initiative is to help public child welfare and Medicaid agencies enhance their data infrastructure to support the implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA; P.L. 115-123), which changed how states and tribes may use funding available through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
To that end, Mathematica is working with public child welfare and Medicaid agencies in several jurisdictions to help them develop sustainable, integrated data systems with linked child welfare and Medicaid data, which can be used to support the care coordination and oversight of prevention services and congregate care services. The initiative will begin by conducting capacity assessments and feasibility studies with public child welfare and Medicaid agencies from multiple jurisdictions to determine their readiness and to assess their capacity and infrastructure to link and analyze these data. The feasibility studies will inform the identification of three to five states to participate in the later stages of the project, which will focus on enhancing states’ data infrastructure and analytic capacity. This will involve creating common data models, developing procedures to link Medicaid and child welfare data within each jurisdiction’s data system, creating linked data sets and related data documentation, and supporting the sustainability of data linking. Mathematica will also work with jurisdictions to develop, pilot, and implement analytic models, including predictive models, to support program management and service delivery needs, including oversight of prevention and congregate care services. Throughout the initiative, Mathematica will document and disseminate information on challenges and lessons learned, along with key insights, best practices, and recommendations.
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