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February 25, 2015 |  by Jesse Russell, PhD, Director of Research-Madison

Read part I of this blog post here.

When America cast off from the British and embraced democracy, it was not just that they believed political outcomes would be different under a different process, but that they valued the process of...

February 23, 2015 |  by Jesse Russell, PhD, Director of Research–Madison

The increased attention to evidence-based programs in recent years has been a good thing for the field of child protection. The general notion is an important one: not every program is equally effective, and in a world of scarce resources we are obligated to channel those resources to programs...

February 19, 2015 |  by Avik Das, Esq., Deputy Director, Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department

Today it seems you can do anything you want as long as it is “data-driven and evidence based.” What if the data are unreliable or confusing, and the evidence is unclear, controversial, or even non-existent? Public service agencies, especially those operating in the public safety arena, are...

February 18, 2015 |  by National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Watch Dr. Jesse Russell, Director of Research in Madison, describe the important role of research and analytics in helping organizations and institutions improve the lives of the children and families they serve. Jesse describes...

February 12, 2015 |  by Colleen Kerwin, Researcher

It’s that time of year again—love is in the air and reservations are being made at all the posh restaurants in town. Time to put on that favorite dress or suit and have a special evening with your significant other (or a fun single ladies/gentlemen’s night out). The trouble is, it’s been a while...

February 11, 2015 |  by National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Chris Scharenbroch, senior research associate at NCCD, shares how he was inspired by the expertise and dedication of NCCD's research team when he came to the organization in 2001. Chris discusses how research and program...

February 9, 2015 |  by Joe Vignati, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

You may have seen this clever commercial during the Super Bowl. If you haven’t, here’s a brief description: One young boy with the gumption to challenge the very fabric of our society has cannonballed into a pool less than an hour after...

February 5, 2015 |  by Elaine Higgs, County of San Diego Child Welfare Services Data Unit

In 2012, San Diego County Child Welfare Services, with the assistance of the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC), began a redesign effort to move from quality assurance (QA) to a more robust...

February 2, 2015 |  by Erin Wicke Dankert, Researcher

As part of the NCCD research department, I am thrilled to be part of the analytics services team. We partner with social service agencies in child welfare, adult protection, juvenile justice, adult corrections, and education. Each new analysis presents a new challenge, and it is fun and...

February 2, 2015 |  by Jesse Russell, PhD, Director of Research–Madison

I was having a conversation recently with some juvenile justice stakeholders from Nevada about the role data and analytics are supposed to play in social services. The answer is that data and analytics are about getting it right, doing what works, and continuous learning. Looking at numbers on a...