This webinar, hosted on December 7, 2017, provides an overview of the data collection efforts of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Department of Human Services which led to an extensive data warehouse. Content will highlight how data has been used to inform child welfare practice—finding the bright spots of success as well as gaps in service. This use of data led to a recognition that, within Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services (OCYF), black adolescent girls fared the worst in all child welfare outcomes. Community collaborations and data sharing have led to an in-depth understanding of the inequities facing black girls in all areas of life. There now exists the Black Girls Equity Alliance, led by Gwen's Girls, that has brought together several community agencies to address the needs of our girls. Use of data is instrumental in this work as well as ongoing efforts within OCYF to address the racial disproportionality that exists along the child welfare continuum.
Every child, youth, and family deserves effective supports and services to meet their unique needs. Data collection and analysis help organizations make informed policy and practice decisions, which will ultimately improve outcomes for children, youth, and families.
Presenters include Kathi Elliott, DNP, MSW, CRNP, Executive Director of Gwen’s Girls, and Angela Y. Steele, MSW, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services.
PowerPoint and Handouts are available here: ncwwi.org/index.php/link/346-dismantling-racial-inequity-3-data-driven-approach