Through ongoing efforts, the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF) continued to serve in a leadership role in the identification and prevention of child maltreatment in Ohio. This most notably occurred through the continued implementation of the OCTF’s regional service delivery model and the completion of further enhancements to the Trust Fund’s Child Well-Being Data Dashboard, which complements Ohio’s eight regional prevention needs assessments. Both the needs assessments and data dashboard provided a glimpse and analysis of the current health and stability of Ohio families as they pertain to the prevention of child abuse and child neglect statewide. The OCTF will continue to utilize Tableau as the platform to house this dashboard, which allows for easy-to-read displays of data and the ability for the user to interactively compare multiple data sets on one page. The data will continue to be presented in the ecological model used by the OCTF during the need’s assessment process, representing data indicators at the child, family, community, and society level. Click here to learn more.
Beginning in FFY 2020, all service providers transitioned to standardized intake forms and assessment tools across all parent education and support programs, as well as across youth and professional serving programs. These intake forms supported an additional scope of work being included in the updates to the Child Well-Being Data Dashboard, which included a measure to calculate the engagement rate of vulnerable populations being served with OCTF funding. This rate will be generated by comparing various data indicators collected on the intake form to other Ohio population-based surveys and the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Additionally, a final component pertaining to the enhancements to the Child Well-Being Data Dashboard project included evaluation of program performance by service providers and types of programs. Through data dashboard views, OCTF staff and regional coordinators can now track outcomes for specific programs across regions and across programs. This feature allows program administrators to engage in conversations to connect service providers, delivering the same programs, to each other to learn from each other’s successes and struggles to achieve better outcomes for families. These dashboards also served to inform continuous quality improvement activities occurring through the regional prevention councils.