Bookmarks for April 23rd from 09:43 to 10:39

by danhon

This is an auto-posted collection of my public links posted to for April 23rd from 09:43 to 10:39:

  • GBIC: About | Berkeley Social Welfare – GBIC has been established to undertake transformative, innovative research in the areas of health and social welfare, especially for vulnerable populations. The long-term vision for the center is to pursue a range of topics from basic to applied research and to translate research into policy and practice. The center is envisioned as a big data research hub for world-class University of California and Chinese researchers with the eventual engagement of academic researchers from around the globe.
  • It’s not as simple as it sounds: Problems and solutions in accessing and using administrative child welfare data for evaluating the impact of early childhood interventions – "In recent years, there has been increasing interest in using administrative data collected by state child welfare agencies as a source of information for research and evaluation. The challenges of obtaining access to and using these data, however, have not been well documented. This study describes the processes used to access child welfare records in six different states and the approach to combining and using the information gathered to evaluate the impact of the Early Head Start program on children's involvement with the child welfare system from birth through age eleven. We provide “lessons learned” for researchers who are attempting to use this information, including being prepared for long delays in access to information, the need for deep understanding of how child welfare agencies record and code information, and for considerable data management work for translating agency records into analysis-ready datasets. While accessing and using this information is not easy, and the data have a number of limitations, we suggest that the benefits can outweigh the challenges and that these records can be a useful source of information for policy-relevant child welfare research."
  • Multi-Sector Longitudinal Administrative Databases: An Indispensible Tool for Evidence Based Policy for Maltreated Children and Their Families – "This paper describes the need for, practicality and utility of longitudinal, multi-sector, and multi-level administrative data to address key issues in child maltreatment prevention and intervention. The goal is not to alert the reader to a new technology, but rather to clarify its potential and overview the process of creating such a database. Changes in technology, including data storage, computational speed, transfer systems and software advances have made the creation of truly advanced multisector databases vastly easier than was the case even ten years ago. We argue that this meshes well with the emerging recognition that practice and policy should be evidence based. We are entering a time when child welfare policy can now be informed by a much more complete understanding of who we serve, how they are served over time, what other social service systems they encounter, and what outcomes they commonly experience."
  • A Longitudinal Medical Record Is Key to Clinical Decision Support
  • Cerner to debut ‘longitudinal patient records’ by next year