Do the Rules Define the Reality? Linking State-Level Child Welfare Policy To Child Welfare Outcomes

February 17, 2022 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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How can computational methods support the use of large, unstructured data to scale social work interventions at the micro, mezzo, and macro level? This is one of the questions that drives Dr. Maria Y. Rodriguez’ (bio) research, which sits at the intersection of applied demographic, computational social science, and social policy. For this year’s Mary Funnyé Goldson Lecture, Dr. Rodriguez will discuss an ongoing project in which a team of social workers and computer scientists have compiled a national database of state-level foster care policy in the United States, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. The aim of the project is to create an index whereby foster care policy can be directly linked to NDACAN outcome variables of interest to scholars, advocates, and practitioners.

About the Mary Funnyé Goldson Lecture

Established in 1991, the Mary Funnyé Goldson Lecture honors the vision and memory of its namesake, who was a beloved member of Columbia School of Social Work faculty and a tireless advocate on behalf of children and families. Targeted toward professionals who work with children and families, the Lecture is intended to expand their knowledge and strengthen their social work practice. The Goldson Lecture focuses on children welfare and support of child welfare professionals.