Child Welfare – Are You Telling the Right Story?

Sponsored by IBM Watson Health

Wednesday, December 11

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

The Future is Now

Varsha Chetlur
Offering Leader – Child Welfare Analytics, IBM Watson Health

What is the price of not knowing critical information? Join us in this session to uncover how you can empower your child welfare users to meet quality reporting needs. Discover how you can improve data quality, recognize relationships, and interact with data intuitively to uncover actionable information.

Health and Human Services agencies are in need of modernizing systems and services to improve outcomes for children, youth and families. However, these agencies continue to confront issues such as limited funding, problems in data governance, staffing constraints and an increased focus on accountability – all of which is driving them to find efficient and effective ways to mitigate these challenges.

Data is a readily available resource that social service agencies can leverage, but is it quality data and does the data tell the right story? Quality and accurate data serve as the foundation for forming the picture of taking data and transforming into usable information. Analytics refers to this transformation of data into usable information by defining key performance indicators that reflect policy, practice and what outcomes are achieved. Together, Data & Analytics form the bedrock that helps organizations provide transparency, understand performance, implement best practices – all to further outcomes for the children and family.

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Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Ramsey County
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Justin Kaufman, Minnesota IT Services
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Jerine Rosato, Ramsey County
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech 

Content Committee

Tomas Alvarez, Federal Reserve
Tom Ammons, MN.IT – Central
Dave Andrews, MN State Services for the Blind
Susan Bousquet, MN.IT – DOT
Robert Granvin, Metro State
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Shawntan Howell, Ramsey County
Jenny Johnson, Metropolitan Council
Millicent Kasal, MN.IT – Central
Ping Li, MN.IT – MMB
Chibuzor Nnaji, MN.IT – DHS
Mehrdad Shabestari, MN.IT – Central