Held on May 2, 2012, this webinar showcases an innovative program at the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJ DCF) to build capacity in the area of “managing by data” in order to support the Department’s emerging quality improvement efforts, using both quantitative and qualitative data - on the ground, at the front line level, and throughout the organization. The New Jersey Fellows Program provides an opportunity for 100 DCF staff (supervisors, managers, quality coordinators, etc.) to learn how to better utilize data to support improved case practice and outcomes for children and families. The session will highlight the development, implementation, components and outcomes of this initiative, as well as the lessons learned, tips for agencies, and the leadership skills and competencies necessary to sustain it over time. Presenters include:
Aziz Haidi, who is a Project Manager in Data Processing at the NJ DCF Office of Information Technology and Reporting. He started with NJ DCF as a caseworker in intake and permanency and then became a Resource Development Specialist. He participated in the design and development of NJ’s SACWIS system (NJ SPIRIT) and joined the DCF data analysis team in 2008. He has been involved with the development and implementation of the DCF Fellows Program since its inception in 2009.
Arnesha Roper-Lewis, who has been with the NJ DCF/DYFS for 9 years. She is currently supervisor of an Adoption Unit and a Supervisory Fellow. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Rutgers University, and began her career in social work at a group home for youth and adolescents transitioning from inpatient psychiatric care. Since joining DCF, Arnesha has worked as an administrative assistant, caseworker and supervisor, and has experience in the Adoption, Permanency and Resource units.
Michael Garr, who is the litigation supervisor in the Camden North local office of the NJ DCF/DYFS and a Supervisory Fellow. Mike has over 20 years of experience working with children and families. He started his career in the Camden County Probation Department in 1988, and began working as a DCF caseworker in 1993. He has expertise in both intake and licensing, and has been a member of the NJ Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board since 2010.
Deborah Reed, who is the Project Manager for the NCWWI's Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM) in The Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services at Portland State University’s School of Social Work. Deborah previously held positions within Washington DSHS Children’s Administration, including statewide Supervisor of Placement & Permanency Services; CFSR Project Manager; Field Operations-Risk Management Program Manager; Supervisor; and Case Manager. She began her career working in residential treatment facilities in Oregon and has over 30 years of experience in public and private child welfare agencies.