Session IV: Making Data Informed Decisions (Ramblings from the Right Coast). Larry Brown, MSW PA Roundtable - Pittsburgh November 21, 2009. “Stock and Flow” Model. Courtesy of Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago. Unintended Consequences (Imaginable Effects?).
Larry Brown, MSW
PA Roundtable - Pittsburgh
November 21, 2009
Courtesy of Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago
Front End Strategies
More Exits to Permanency
Back End Strategies
Less restrictive placements
Congregate Care Reduction
Fewer of subpopulation in care
Rates and Percents - do the work for your users
Comparisons to Peers - motivational and political, but least useful; diagnostic
Comparisons to Self Over Time - most valuable, IF the measure is useful
When Building Reports:Do the work for the user
Source: PA Data Update, NGA, June, 2009
Seasonality.Many jurisdictions are tracking changes in population month-to-month, but many systems experience seasonality in their system.
Monitoring.Strengths-based monitoring relies on leaving a little room for qualitative explanations.
Investment Strategies. States should consider how their strategies work in terms of a return on investment.
Integrated Work. The strongest, longest-lasting strategy is one that is consistent with the agency’s practice model.
Decide appropriate measures
Watch for unintended, but imaginable, consequences
Measure systematically; predict where you want to be
Report routinely and transparently