• Harnessing the scientific potential of linked, administrative data to inform children’s programs and policies.

  • Harnessing the scientific potential of linked, administrative data to inform children’s programs and policies.

  • Harnessing the scientific potential of linked, administrative data to inform children’s programs and policies.

  • Harnessing the scientific potential of linked, administrative data to inform children’s programs and policies.

  • Harnessing the scientific potential of linked, administrative data to inform children’s programs and policies.

Harnessing the scientific potential of linked, administrative data to inform children’s programs and policies.

Making Smarter Use of Data Together

The Children’s Data Network is a data and research collaborative focused on the linkage and analysis of administrative records. In partnership with public agencies, philanthropic funders, and community stakeholders, we seek to generate knowledge and advance evidence-rich policies that will improve the health, safety, and well-being of our children.
Each person in the world creates a Book of Life. This Book starts with birth and ends with death. Its pages are made up of the records of the principal events in life. Record linkage is the name given to the process of assembling the pages of this Book…
Halbert L. Dunn, 1946

A Data and Research Collaborative

The Children’s Data Network receives essential infrastructure funding from First 5 LA and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, with additional project support from other philanthropic and public partners.

Latest News

Child Protective Services Reports:  A Pre-Pandemic Baseline

Child Protective Services Reports: A Pre-Pandemic Baseline

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of our lives, and California’s most vulnerable children and families are no exception. Fewer reports of child abuse and neglect have been made to the Child Protective Services (CPS) Hotline, but it is unlikely that this is a true indication of a reduction in maltreatment. In fact, child abuse and neglect may be increased due to the effects of the pandemic (potentially related to unemployment, school closures, and changes in service delivery). It seems likely that patterns in the number and types of CPS reports will continue to be affected by the pandemic for quite some time. To better understand current and potential changes in CPS reports we examined pre-pandemic baseline information on CPS reports in California and Los Angeles County (years 2017 -2019). This summary shows the distribution of reports by reporter type (i.e., the individual who reported suspected maltreatment to the Hotline). Data were also disaggregated by race/ethnicity in response to concerns about racial disparities at all levels of CPS involvement.
CDN Work/Partnership Showcased at CHHS 2021 Data Expo

CDN Work/Partnership Showcased at CHHS 2021 Data Expo

Regan Foust, Executive Director of the Children’s Data Network, was invited to represent the Children’s Data Network at the California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Data Expo on January 21, 2021. The session, CHHS Success Stories: Turning Data Into Action, was organized to tell the story of the rapid launch of mychildcare.ca.gov – a searchable website built to help essential workers find child care during the pandemic. Collectively, the panel discussion underscored the importance of in making the concept a reality. Additionally, Regan was able to show how child care facility information can be combined with information about the children living in those areas (from the periodic record reconciliations conducted by the CDN). Pairing places with people, she reinforced, can facilitate equity, inform policy, and generate programmatic insights. A recording of the entire CHHS 2021 Data Expo can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j54QqL_S1xc A recording of the CHHS Success Stories: Turning Data Into Action session can be found here (CDN panel begins at 35:12): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrBFIpMS4Lk More information about CHHS Data integration efforts can be found on the CDN project page, Record Reconciliation and Data Hub, and in this recent Health Affairs Article, Integrating Data To Advance Research, Operations, and Client-Centered Services In California
Well-Deserved Recognition for Lindsey Palmer

Well-Deserved Recognition for Lindsey Palmer

Lindsey Palmer, Doctoral Student at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Research Assistant at the Children’s Data Network, received the California American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC) Paul Crissey Graduate Student Research Award for her outstanding research, A Population-Based Examination of Adolescent Suicide and Child Protective Service Involvement. In addition to a generous financial prize, she has been invited to present her work at an upcoming conference and publish a research summary in the Spring 2020 issue of the CAPSAC Consultant. We are excited to see the growth in Lindsey’s research and hope her research will continue to make meaningful impacts in public child welfare systems. Congratulations Lindsey!

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