Philadelphia DHS Data Development and Analysis
Using data made available by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS), Chapin Hall researchers are evaluating the changes in the performance of the DHS child welfare system in Philadelphia, PA between FY2005 and FY2008. The placement patterns of children placed in 2005 will be compared with the placement experiences of those placed in 2008. Researchers will then carry out a risk-adjusted assessment of foster care utilization to see if and how improvements are spread across the population of children served. The analysis will examine admission rates, utilization by care type, whether length of stay has changed, how placement outcomes have changed, whether placement changes have been reduced, and whether decisions to reunify children are “permanent.”
Researchers will also examine whether the use of in-home protective services have improved outcomes for foster children by altering the safety situation of families and the utilization of foster care. They will answer the question of whether services are equitably distributed among all populations of at-risk children and assist DHS with better targeting of resources and areas for practice improvement.