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Vol. 14, No. 2
April 2009

Child Welfare Practice and Data: Making the Connection

In North Carolina, public child welfare professionals now have at their disposal valuable longitudinal data produced at UNC-Chapel Hill, detailed MRS Evaluation Fact Sheets for every county from Duke University, and a wealth of reports and statistics from state and federal sources.

It’s wonderful to be so rich in data because data is an essential part of doing good: if we regularly access and analyze it, data can help guide our interventions to ensure we make a real, positive difference for families and children.

But data itself is a tool, not a solution. To get any benefit from it, agencies, supervisors, and practitioners need to know what information is out there, where to find it, and how to use it. That’s what this issue of Practice Notes is all about.

Contents of this Issue

Child Maltreatment in NC: What the Data Tell Us

Using Data to Enhance Child Welfare Practice

Using Data in Supervision

Agency Culture Has a Big Influence on the Use of Outcome Data

A Child Welfare Agency Reviews Its Data and Engages New Partners

NC Data Reources: What They Are and How to Find Them

From the Front Lines to Policy Makers—and Back

Promoting Agency Performance Through Experimentation

Training for Supervisors on Understanding and Using Data

References for this Issue

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