Child Welfare Data Mining

The Mack Center initiated an innovative qualitative data mining project in partnership with the BASSC child welfare agencies in 2012. Utilizing narrative records contained in the agencies’ automated data systems, Mack Center researchers extract and analyze data to answer a wide array of practice questions. Previous analyses have examined case plan alignment and explored examples of skillful child welfare practice. Currently, we are working with two agencies to investigate issues related to parental substance abuse, and another two agencies to examine the integration of child welfare and child mental health services.