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May 2007Vol. 8, No. 4Using Data to Improve Child Well-Being

States and counties devote substantial resources to collecting data on children and youth in the child welfare system, but many lack the capacity to use this information to improve their practice and policy. In October 2006, Casey Family Programs and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices convened a roundtable to explore ways to help States and jurisdictions develop the capacity to use data to drive outcomes and decision-making in child welfare. The Roundtable on Putting Data to Work to Improve Child Well-Being addressed current methods of data collection, reviewed existing databases on children and youth in care, and explored ways to gain better information on outcomes for children and youth in foster care.

The report from the roundtable summarizes discussions and information shared on the following topics:

  • Transitioning youth
  • Educational outcomes for children in foster care
  • Disproportionate representation of children of color in foster care
  • Strengthening court performance and collaborations
  • Tools for improving data

The report also highlights promising practices from the States and describes user-friendly tools and strategies.

Download the report or view the full agenda and selected readings from the roundtable on the Casey Family Programs website:

[Editor's note: this link no longer exists]