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Sept 28 -- The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is proposing a new information collection for the Child Welfare Study to Enhance Equity with Data (CW-SEED). The project aims to understand how and to what extent data are used to explore equity in service delivery and child and family outcomes, to identify barriers or problematic data practices, and to explore efforts by child welfare agencies and their partners to use data to reduce barriers across the continuum of child welfare services. Comments are due by November 28, 2022.

CW-SEED will conduct qualitative case studies to describe the experiences of up to six state, local, and/or tribal child welfare agencies and their partners collecting and using data to advance equity in service delivery and child and family outcomes. The case studies will document promising data practices and the potential challenges to implementing them. Each case study will include two components (1) collection and review of site-specific documents and other relevant information, and (2) in-person site visits to collect detailed qualitative data and any additional documentation the sites can provide. This information collection aims to present an internally valid description of the experiences of the sites, not to promote statistical generalization to different sites.

Respondents: Child welfare agency leaders, managers or supervisors of direct service workers, direct service workers, and staff who work with the agency's data systems and/or conduct research; partner agency and community organization leaders, managers or supervisors of direct service workers, direct service workers, and staff who work with the organization's data systems and/or conduct research; and, members of advisory groups that work with child welfare agencies, partner agencies, or community organizations.

CW-SEED https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/project/child-welfare-study-enhance-equity-data-cw-seed
Draft survey instruments and technical documentation https://www.dropbox.com/s/xmcyqumdfqzpn8w/redrafticrrequestchildwelfarestudytoenhanceequi.zip?dl=0
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-20951

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