Allegheny Family Screening Tool in Netflix documentary

February 27, 2020

A new Netflix documentary series that raises big questions about whether the US child protection system is fit for purpose explores the potential of predictive risk modelling and tells the story of the Allegheny Family Screening Tool, built and implemented by a team led by CSDA Director Rhema Vaithianathan.

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“Unassailable research methods” required to influence child maltreatment policy

February 20, 2020

“To change policy, we need to leverage unassailable research methods,” Professor Jennie Noll told the audience at a recent research seminar hosted by CSDA and AUT’s Policy Observatory.

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Douglas County Decision Aide:  Methodology Document

February 11, 2020

The Centre for Social Data Analytics has published a methodology report detailing how it developed and implemented a child welfare predictive risk modelling tool commissioned by the Douglas County Department of Human Services (CO, United States).

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CSDA collaboration with Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland

January 10, 2020

The Centre for Social Data Analytics has entered into a collaboration with the University of Queensland's Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) that will see the two research centres work together to establish a social data analytics capability at the University of Queensland.

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Insights from the Centre for Social Data Analytics – October 2019

October 16, 2019

CSDA’s research and analytics tools are used by local and international agencies to support smart policy and sound decision-making in areas including health and social welfare.  This issue: a new Deputy Director for CSDA; CSDA homelessness work almost ready for implementation; our paper on ethnic disparities in childhood prevalence of maltreatment in the American Journal of Public Health; Rhema delivers the John Western Public Lecture 2019 in Brisbane.

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Meet Larissa Lorimer: Executive Coordinator (Research) at ISSR

October 15, 2019

Larissa has played an integral role in developing CSDA’s Auckland hub since the start in 2016. Now, she is working at the Institute of Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Queensland, as an Executive Coordinator of Research, applying those same skills to build the centre’s Australian node.

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CSDA researchers share Allegheny Homelessness Tool at D4GX, New York

September 23, 2019

CSDA Director Professor Rhema Vaithianathan and CSDA research fellow Chamari Kithulgoda attended  the Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange (D4GX) in New York in September and presented a poster – “Implementing a Predictive Risk Model to Prioritize Homeless Services:  The Allegheny Homelessness Tool”.

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Data analytics in the public sector: 2019 John Western Lecture, Brisbane

September 19, 2019

Professor Rhema  Vaithianathan delivered a public lecture - Data analytics in the public sector – the tortoise or the hare? – in Brisbane in September.

Her talk was the 2019 John Western Lecture, a biennial event proudly hosted by the University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) and School of Social Science.

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