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.
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