Data about child welfare in Washington state available to guide decision-making
We are pleased to share for public use the P4C Data Portal, as a way to access data related to child welfare in Washington state.
Through a data-sharing agreement with the Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families, Partners for Our Children developed the Washington State Child Well-Being Data Portal– a powerful web tool that provides access to data about children and families who interact with the child welfare system. The portal aims to enhance transparency, build understanding, and provide decision support for child welfare practitioners, researchers, and policymakers.
Since the Data Portal launched in 2013, it has become a go-to resource for many stakeholders; policymakers, Family Court judges,agency staff, researchers, and advocacy partners have found the tool to be valuable to understanding how the system is working and what areas may need improvement.
Just as businesses use data to inform decisions, child welfare systems also use readily available data when making decisions about practice or policy, especially when these decisions have potential to significantly affect the lives of children and families. Where is the greatest need? Who is overrepresented in the system? Where do we find the best outcomes and what is that office doing differently in order to achieve these outcomes? Many questions can be addressed through data, and we believe this tool can help ask and answer complicated questions about child welfare in Washington state.