Extensive analysis of data

“Extensive analysis of data – both quantitative and qualitative – helps systems accurately identify their target population and that group’s array of needs."

— Bryan Samuels, Executive Director, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

We invite you to learn more about different California data points, trends, and statistics regarding children in the child welfare system, and offer some considerations for understanding the limitations and potential use of the available data.

There are several key points to keep in mind when analyzing California data and using it to achieve better outcomes for children and families:

Data about child welfare outcomes are inter-related, and indicators cannot be viewed in isolation

Look at trend data that follows progress over time, and not just data that represents a single day or point in time

Be mindful when comparing different counties, municipalities, and states

Pay attention to the different demographic characteristics of children who enter care