Projects

Child Welfare Study to Enhance Equity with Data (CW-SEED)

2021-2024

Project Overview

Objective

To explore how data are used to advance equity in service delivery and child and family outcomes. The project explores efforts by child welfare agencies and their partners to use data to reduce barriers across the continuum of child welfare services.

Project Motivation

By understanding data practices in the field—and the barriers that exist at the system, organizational, and individual levels—the project will help ACF inform equity approaches and highlight remaining challenges in using data to advance equity.

Partners in Progress
  • Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • University of North Carolina School of Social Work
Prepared For

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

CW-SEED will identify and share promising data practices, including data planning, collection, access, and analysis, that enhance equity and reduce barriers across the continuum of child welfare services.

The CW-SEED project aims to understand how and to what extent data are used to explore equity in service delivery and child and family outcomes, to identify barriers or problematic data practices, and to explore efforts by child welfare agencies and their partners to use data to reduce barriers across the continuum of child welfare services. The project will examine practices across the data life cycle related to data planning, collection, access, and analysis; use of statistical tools and algorithms; and data reporting and dissemination. Intentional, continuous engagement of community partners and advocates with lived child welfare experience, child welfare administrators and staff, policymakers, researchers, and data leaders will inform all aspects of the work.

The project team will conduct the following activities.

  • Conduct an environmental scan and case studies in up to five sites to examine how data use among child welfare agencies and their partners can advance equity; 
  • Produce a research agenda and propose design options that will provide a platform for building capacity among child welfare agencies and their partners; and 
  • Produce a final report that summarizes findings on promising data practices from the environmental scan and the case studies.

    By understanding the data practices in the field—and the facilitators and barriers that exist at the system, organizational, and individual levels—the project will help ACF inform equity approaches, highlight remaining challenges in using data to advance equity, and document the remaining questions to be answered.

Related Staff

Elizabeth  Weigensberg

Elizabeth Weigensberg

Senior Researcher

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Roseana Bess

Roseana Bess

Senior Researcher

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Matthew  Stagner

Matthew Stagner

Vice President; Director of Human Services Business Development

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Jill Spielfogel

Jill Spielfogel

Researcher

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