We have developed Casebook, a first-of-its-kind tool for the child welfare field. See how it changes child welfare practice

We have embarked on an unprecedented partnership with Indiana to develop Casebook, provide critical support, and catalyze new, future partnerships.

We're using lessons learned in Indiana to strengthen Casebook for the Hoosier State and future partners in other states.

We're working to enable governments to use technology and data capabilities to change policy, practice and management.

Case Commons has three goals:

  • Changing Lives: We seek to improve outcomes and life opportunities for vulnerable children and their families
     
  • Helping the Helpers: We believe new technology must support the frontline workers who serve our nation’s most vulnerable children and families — not replace or hinder them
     
  • Measuring Results: We will use the latest technology to improve the quality and timeliness of data so that policymakers and caseworkers can understand what works, and what doesn’t — and then use that knowledge to make smart choices

In addition to continuing to develop Casebook for child welfare providers around the country, we are helping to drive a broader conversation about how to improve technology innovation in government, ensuring that government technology makes lives better for people every day.

Right now, many child welfare information technology systems do not adequately support the caseworkers and administrators who serve vulnerable children and families:

  • Caseworkers and supervisors rarely have access to usable data and historical context to make effective decisions or measure performance meaningfully.
     
  • Older case management systems are often inflexible. Too often, they cannot shift with programmatic or policy changes or they are time consuming and expensive to update.
     
  • Other current approaches to modernizing these systems are too expensive, take too long to deploy and are prone to significant delays and project failure.
     
  • Current child welfare information systems force caseworkers to spend more time on data entry than with children.
     
  • To retain younger caseworkers, the field needs modern case management tools.

From the Blog

Casebook’s Unique Features Garnering Attention and Awards

This is the last in a four-part series about Casebook, a state-of-the-art tool to help child welfare workers track and improve results for children in their care. This installment looks at the successes of the Casebook team in bringing the platform to market.

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This is the third in a four-part series about Casebook, a state-of-the-art tool to help child welfare workers track and improve results for children in their care using state-of-the-art technology. In this installment, you will learn about Indiana’s pioneering work and results in adopting Casebook.

Case Commons: Advancing Human Services

moving human services forward

Even as technology has advanced, human services has lagged behind other sectors. An essay in the Stewards of Change newsletter offers a path to adoption for public agencies.

federal waivers support innovation in indiana

The State of Indiana has received one of the first federal waivers of funding regulations on proprietary human services software.

tearing down silos across human services

In Policy & Practice magazine, Kathleen Feely of Case Commons discusses the role of technology in integrating human services.