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CSDA co-director addresses US National Academies’ expert meeting

October 4, 2017

CSDA co-director Rhema Vaithianathan travelled to Washington DC recently to address a US expert meeting about the future of predictive analytics for human services.

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Promising interest in British junior doctor wellbeing study

September 19, 2017

Junior doctors in Winchester, South England made the most of a recent meeting with researchers studying their wellbeing, including Rhema Vaithianathan, co-director of CSDA.

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Meet the Team: CSDA’s US Project Manager Emily Kulick

August 31, 2017

For CSDA’s US project manager Emily Kulick the most exciting aspect of her job is seeing the practical application of predictive risk models in a way that makes a difference in people’s lives.

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Getting the Best out of Big Data:  A Conversation

August 1, 2017

CSDA Co-Director Rhema Vaithianathan will talk about the risks and opportunities of big data as part of a panel conversation at AUT City Campus on Thursday 3 August.

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Rhema at Refactor:  Building Movements not Monuments

July 28, 2017

CSDA Co-Director Rhema Vaithianathan spoke recently at Refactor, a regular event that aims to improve the New Zealand tech industry by “inspiring women to not only stay in it but get to the top”.

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Child Protection and the Promise of Predictive Analytics

July 7, 2017

In a recently published research paper, CSDA co-director Rhema Vaithianathan and co-authors argue the case of predictive risk modelling as an alternative to existing methods of screening and triaging children and their families in cases of alleged maltreatment and neglect.

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CSDA Co-director appointed to Integrated Data Advisory Group

June 15, 2017

Statistics New Zealand has appointed CSDA co-director Tim Maloney to the government’s existing Integrated Data Advisory Group (IDAG), which will advise the department on how to best promote the use of integrated (linked) data.

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CSDA eNews - May 2017

May 23, 2017

CSDA is growing fast and we’re excited to see our work beginning to make a real difference and our research helping to inform policy and planning. In this issue of CSDA eNews - our latest research insights, CSDA data scientist Diana Benavides Prado explains her prediction risk modelling work, and a snapshot of our new projects in the UK, US and NZ.

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Meet the Team: CSDA data scientist Diana Benavides Prado

May 18, 2017

Data scientist Diana Benavides Prado joined CSDA last year and her current focus is on improving the accuracy of the Allegheny Family Screening Tool, which has been implemented by Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services in the US to help child protection staff in making referral decisions.

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Developing the Allegheny Family Screening Tool

April 27, 2017

A report on the methodology of the Allegheny Family Screening Tool is now available on Allegheny County’s website. This report details the considerations and decisions made during the development and implementation of the tool, providing a snapshot of the project at its current status.

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Researchers find Teen Parent Units have positive impact

April 12, 2017

New Zealand teenage mothers with access to Teen Parent Units (TPUs) had better educational outcomes than those with no access, according to empirical research co-authored by AUT economists.

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Rhema Vaithianathan: Data - the heavy lifting can be done blind

April 7, 2017

Rightly, the idea of our personal data being collected or passed on, without our permission, has a tendency to spark alarm in New Zealand. But the good news is that, when it comes to data analytics, we can achieve an astonishing amount without the need for personalised data.

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CSDA workshop features empirical economic papers on children and youth

March 20, 2017

In February 2017, the Centre for Social Data Analytics hosted our second workshop. We enjoyed presentations from local and international researchers on the topic of children and youth.

Presentations from the workshop are available here.

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Research explains racial differences in maltreatment reporting

February 20, 2017

The age and marital status of parents explains racial disparities in Child Protective Service (CPS) involvement, according to a study co-authored by Tim Maloney and Rhema Vaithianathan.

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