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New Blog Post Explores the Fairness of Risk
Using an analogy from the field of medicine, Chris Scharenbroch, NCCD’s associate director of research analytics, explores the concept of fairness when looking at risk among different populations. Moving on to child protection work, he asks if risk assessment can be “fair” when some populations are overrepresented in the system. Read the full blog post here. To learn more about NCCD’s own risk assessment tool, part of the Structured Decision Making® system, click here.
  
 
Kathy Park to Present at National Summit
NCCD CEO Kathy Park will lead a session at the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) National Health and Human Services 2018 Summit in early May in Arlington, Virginia. Along with two leaders from IBM Watson Health, Park will describe how NCCD and IBM Watson Health are partnering on the use of cognitive computing to improve outcomes for child welfare–involved children and their families. Cognitive computing refers to systems that can learn at scale, reason with purpose, and interact with humans naturally. When applied to child welfare, caseworkers can use cognitive computing to make better decisions regarding interventions. Learn more about the APHSA conference here.   
  
 
Media for a Just Society Award Honorees on TV
Two films recognized by the 2017 Media for a Just Society Awards are premiering on national TV this month as part of the America ReFramed series on WORLD Channel. MILWAUKEE 53206, which received the Media for a Just Society Award in the film category, premiered April 3 and will stream free online here for the next several months. Beyond the Wall, a finalist in the TV/video category, will be broadcast here on Tuesday, April 10, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Read more about the films and access blog posts written for NCCD by the filmmakers here.
  
 
NCCD Joins Info-Sharing Collaborative
NCCD is now a member of the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC), a new “community of networks” launched with a grant from The Kresge Foundation. NIC promotes partnerships and information sharing among US organizations that work to improve the well-being of their clients—particularly vulnerable and underserved individuals, families, and communities. By collaborating across sectors, NIC members have a better chance of effecting change within and among the systems in which they work, including human services, public health, public safety, and education. For more information on NIC, you can visit their website.
  
  

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