Data is a river that flows through all aspects of child welfare work, as well as through the community – a key resource but one that can sometimes be challenging to navigate. Developing data capacity can be like traveling from downstream to upstream. You may need someone who is further upstream to give you guidance on how to avoid rough waters or undercurrents that may throw you off course.
Covering the basics of data, this brief resource includes information on how data can be used to address issues and help tribal child welfare programs thrive. Guiding questions are provided to help programs think through how they want to use and manage data.
This two-page resource offers concise guiding questions for programs to consider as they develop or enhance a data system. Data needs, program capacity, and readiness for change are highlighted.
Navigating Rough Waters: Lessons Learned & Challenges to Avoid When Planning a Tribal Child Welfare Data System
When programs journey through the river of data, knowing how to navigate rough waters and overcome challenges can make a tremendous difference. This one-page resource offers suggestions on how to stay on course when planning and implementing a data system.
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Sample CPS Intake Spreadsheet
This Excel workbook is intended to be used with the learning series as a way to practice building your Excel skills and to see examples of formulas and drop-down lists in action. This example is based on spreadsheets the Center for Tribes has worked on with several child welfare programs.
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Developed for tribal leaders and social service agencies, this resource explains the benefits of GIS mapping and ways tribes can use this technology to keep children connected with their community and culture.
Jhon Goes In Center and Kathryn Kulbiki from the Capacity Building Center for Tribes discuss the importance of using GIS in Indian child welfare in this recorded webinar.
USING GEOGRAPHIC DATA & gis FOR DECISION-MAKING IN TRIBAL CHILD WELFARE
Are you interested in enhancing the way you look at and use your child welfare data? Mapping child welfare and geographic data together can help agencies locate potential foster homes, identify community services, and inform planning, service delivery and decision-making efforts. This resource from the Center for Tribes has lots of information and steps to get you started.
RESEARCH AND EVALUATION IN NATIVE COMMUNITIES
Developing tribal capacity to understand and conduct research and evaluation in tribal communities is an exercise in sovereignty. These resources can provide information to get you started.
QUESTIONS TO ASK A DATA SYSTEM VENDOR
Most child welfare professionals are not information technology (IT) experts, and your tribe’s IT department may not be familiar with all the ins and outs of case management systems. This guide will help you ask the right questions and use the answers to choose a data system wisely.