Code for America Honors Casebook for Innovating Government Technology

Posted September 30, 2015
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Code for Amer­i­ca recent­ly hon­ored Case Com­mons with its inau­gur­al Code for Amer­i­ca Tech­nol­o­gy Award pre­sent­ed at the 2015 Code for Amer­i­ca Sum­mit.

This award rec­og­nizes Case Com­mons, a Casey Foun­da­tion grantee, for cre­at­ing gov­ern­ment soft­ware that works for the peo­ple, pro­vid­ing child wel­fare case­work­ers with the tools and sup­port need­ed to bet­ter serve kids and families.

Case­book, the plat­form devel­oped by Case Com­mons, is a first-of-its-kind mobile, cloud-based appli­ca­tion that pro­vides pub­lic child wel­fare agen­cies with qual­i­ty data ana­lyt­ics to make bet­ter deci­sions for the kids in their care.

More and more state lead­ers are rec­og­niz­ing the need for inno­v­a­tive tech­nol­o­gy – such as Case­book – to dri­ve bet­ter data, pol­i­cy and prac­tice,” says Kath­leen Feely, CEO of Case Com­mons. This award will raise aware­ness about the val­ue Case­book pro­vides and the crit­i­cal need for states to adopt tech­nol­o­gy that bet­ter sup­ports every­one from the front office to the front lines.

Case­book and the oth­er award win­ners were select­ed by a pan­el of judges from both the tech and pub­lic sec­tors, includ­ing lead­ers from Google, Microsoft, and gov­ern­ment lead­ers from the munic­i­pal lev­el all the way to the White House.

This diverse group of awardees deserves the atten­tion of any­one who cares about our pub­lic sec­tor work­ing effec­tive­ly for the Amer­i­can peo­ple in the 21st cen­tu­ry,” says Jen­nifer Pahlka, founder and exec­u­tive direc­tor of Code for Amer­i­ca, a nation­al net­work of civic lead­ers and tech­nol­o­gists ded­i­cat­ed to mak­ing gov­ern­ment ser­vices sim­ple, more effec­tive and easy to use. As gov­ern­ments strug­gle to meet the public’s needs in a dig­i­tal era, the tools and plat­forms that pub­lic ser­vants use must do a bet­ter job, and the mar­ket­place for sup­pli­ers to gov­ern­ment must change. These exam­ples, which include the work of com­pa­nies, pub­lic ser­vants and engaged cit­i­zens, set a high­er bar for gov­ern­ment tech­nol­o­gy to which the whole sec­tor must aspire.

Pho­to cred­it: Code for America

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