A Data and Research Collaborative

At the Children’s Data Network, we believe that by thoughtfully configuring information — by making better and smarter use of existing data — we can help our children grow-up healthier, safer, stronger. But data alone will not be enough. Efforts to translate data and research require strong partners who understand and support effective policy, community development, and program implementation.

First 5 LA

First 5 LA believes in a future where every child in Los Angeles County from prenatal to age 5 grows up healthy, protected and ready to succeed in school. Recognizing the need for cross-sector data for this vision to be realized, First 5 LA Commissioners and research staff conceived and led the initial development of the Children’s Data Network. With the project now housed at the USC School of Social Work, First 5 LA continues to provide essential funding to support the CDN’s linkage and analysis of administrative records and the development of an agenda of research that advances our knowledge of the health, safety, and well-being of young children and their families.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is a family foundation established in 1944 by the man who started Hilton Hotels. Instructed by Conrad N. Hilton to alleviate human suffering, the Foundation’s grantmaking programs and Humanitarian Prize work to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world. The Foundation currently has 11 strategic initiatives, including the achievement of healthy and productive lives for transition-age foster youth in New York City and Los Angeles County. Hilton Foundation funding provides essential infrastructure support for the CDN’s linkage of data and the development of new knowledge concerning transition-age youth who have spent time in foster care.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. Together with grantees and collaborators, the Foundation strives to bring about meaningful, lasting change—with the goal of building a Culture of Health that enables all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives, now and for generations to come. A grant from RWJ currently supports a new project at the CDN which involves geospatial analyses of linked administrative records to better understand how community assets may buffer children’s risks.

Laura and John Arnold Foundation

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation addresses our nation’s most pressing and persistent challenges using evidence-based, multidisciplinary approaches. LJAF strives to create functional solutions that target the root causes, not just the symptoms, of these problems. LJAF is partnering with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the CDN to explore the use of Predictive Risk Modeling (PRM) to screen maltreatment allegations, and funding the implementation of a randomized evaluation of Orange County’s new child maltreatment initiative, The Neighborhood Resource Network, using administrative records.

California Child Welfare Indicators Project

The California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP) is a longstanding university/agency data partnership between the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the University of California at Berkeley (UCB), supported through funding from CDSS, the Stuart Foundation, and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The project, housed in the School of Social Welfare, provides policymakers, child welfare workers, researchers, and the public with direct access to customizable information on California’s entire child welfare system. The CDN maintains a formal data and research collaboration with CCWIP – working closely with CCWIP researchers to provide technical support to state and county child welfare agencies.

California Department of Social Services

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is dedicated to serving, aiding and protecting children and adults in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility and foster independence. The CDN is working closely with CDSS to link and analyze administrative data with the goal of informing practice and policy decisions for children who have had contact with child protection or who are at risk for future maltreatment. Research projects aim to provide a more complete picture of the children and families involved with child protective services to support program design and evaluation with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for children and families.

The Office of Child Abuse Prevention

The California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) administers federal grants, contracts, and state programs designed to promote best practices and innovative approaches to child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment. OCAP, in collaboration with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, has supported the development of data that can inform thoughtful and open conversations about any future implementations of Predictive Risk Modeling (PRM) in California. Specifically, the CDN is leading a rigorous and transparent exploration of the feasibility (and potential value) of PRM by determining whether existing administrative data can improve the screening of child abuse or neglect allegations.

California Department of Health Care Services

The aim of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is to preserve and improve the overall health and well-being of all Californians. To that end, it administers Medi-Cal, the backbone of California’s health care safety net, among other programs. Through a data use agreement with DHCS, the CDN is linking Medi-Cal records to other statewide service records in order to develop a more complete understanding of the sociodemographic, health, and service trajectories of child and youth enrollees.

California Department of Developmental Services

The California Department of Developmental Services (DSS) provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities through state-operated developmental centers, community facilities, and regional centers, which serve as a local resource for children and families. The CDN is working with DDS records to examine the receipt of early intervention and developmental supports, with an eye on the longer-term, cross-sector outcomes of this population.

State of California Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General

The Attorney General and Department of Justice, in partnership with state and local governments and the people of California, work to enforce and apply California laws fairly and impartially; ensure justice, safety, and liberty for all; encourage economic prosperity, equal opportunity, and tolerance; and safeguard California’s human, natural, and financial resources for this and future generations. The CDN is working with the Office of the Attorney General to link the administrative records of youth and young adults involved in the justice system. The goal is to better understand factors that may increase the risk of justice involvement, with an eye towards early intervention and prevention.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The mission of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is to protect the public by safely and securely supervising adult and juvenile offenders, providing effective rehabilitation and treatment, and integrating offenders successfully into the community. Using CDCR records, the CDN is working to better characterize the population of incarcerated individuals and understand the effects of incarceration on children, families, and communities.

Child Care Resource Center

The Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) is a member of the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles, an umbrella organization that contracts with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services to provide child care services. The CDN is working with CCRC to link the records of children enrolled in subsidized Early Care and Education (ECE) programs in Northern Los Angeles County to better understand the characteristics and outcomes of this population.

LA County CEO’s Office

The Research and Evaluation Unit of the Los Angeles CEO's Office provides rigorous and objective research for key policymakers in Los Angeles County. The CDN, along with other collaborators at USC and UCLA, is partnering with the County to assess the economic consequences of homelessness for families using linked administrative records.

LA County Office of Child Protection

The County of Los Angeles Office of Child Protection (OCP) aims to protect children, support families, and champion their success. The CDN is partnering with the OCP in the use of administrative records to assess the coordination of services in areas such as home visitation, early care and education, and risk assessment as part of the Countywide Child Protection Strategic Plan.

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

The mission of the Los Angeles County Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is to support, create and sustain solutions to homelessness in Los Angeles County. The CDN is partnering with LAHSA to better understand the characteristics and challenges of homeless and parenting young adults, using linked data to document the service needs and outcomes of their children.

San Francisco Human Services Agency

The San Francisco Human Services Agency (SF-HSA) promotes well-being and self-sufficiency among individuals, families and communities in San Francisco. The CDN is supporting the SF HSA in the linkage and analysis of administrative records to improve program efficiency, effectiveness, and outcomes.

Children & Families Commission of Orange County

The Children and Families Commission of Orange County has identified, funded and supported programs with demonstrable positive impacts on children’s health and school readiness. Strong strategic partnerships have allowed the Commission to leverage collective resources to better meet the challenges associated with keeping children healthy and ready to learn. The CDN has been funded by the Commission to design and implement a randomized evaluation of Orange County’s new child maltreatment initiative, The Neighborhood Resource Network, using linked administrative records.

Auckland University of Technology

The AUT Centre for Social Data Analytics applies strong data science to linked data, undertaking research that tells us new things about the human experience. These valuable insights can measure the impact of social interventions, identify the need for new policy and predict the likely outcomes for individuals and groups in society. Like the CDN, the Centre focuses on administrative data that can be used tell stories about healthcare, children, families and education. The CDN collaborates close with the Centre on projects in both New Zealand and the US.

ChoiceMaker

ChoiceMaker is an Open Source Record Linkage software company that develops Machine Learning/probabilistic algorithms and technologies that identify, match and link personal records from across multiple and disparate data sources. The CDN is partnering with ChoiceMaker to develop a customized data linkage process for integrating administrative records from California.

Geospatial Sciences Institute

By deploying the power of spatial thinking and literacy, the USC Spatial Sciences Institute is advancing the ability to collect, analyze, model, and share location-based data to equip decision makers with the spatially infused information and knowledge they need to sustain our planet, promote public health, and ensure human security. The CDN partners with USC’s Spatial Sciences Institute to better understand the connection between environment and children’s outcomes.

Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy

AISP aims to improve the policies and practices of education, health and human service agencies through the use of integrated data systems. It manages the AISP Network, a professional group of individuals within county organizations, state agencies, and universities that operate integrated data systems (IDS) across the U.S. The CDN is an emerging member site within the AISP Network.
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