2004 Jordan Institute
9, No. 4
Power of Data
Outcome and evaluative
data affect our practice with families indirectly by influencing the opinion
of lawmakers, the media, and the general public. Two recent influential,
data-based publications are:
- GAO Report on the Federal
Reviews (April 2004). This report, entitled Child and Family
Services Reviews: Better Use of Data and Improved Guidance Could Enhance
HHS's Oversight of State Performance, inspired articles in newspapers
across the country about widespread problems in our national child welfare
system. Summary: <www.gao.gov/highlights/d04333high.pdf>.
Full report: <www.gao.gov/new.items/d04333.pdf>.
- Child Welfare Outcomes
Annual Reports. These analyze States efforts to ensure the
safety, permanency, and well-being of children. <www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/publications/cwo.htm>
If you find these publications
useful, you may also wish to refer to the annotated list
of national and North Carolina-specific data sources that accompanies
this issue of Practice Notes.