PBS NEWSHOUR reports on how predictive analytics, using data to predict possible outcomes, can be used to prevent child abuse related deaths. Already, a few jurisdictions nationwide use data to help child welfare workers before a crisis unfolds. In 2013, child welfare workers in Hillsborough County, Florida, responded to the deaths of nine children who already had open child welfare cases by developing the Eckerd Rapid Safety Feedback®. The system uses risk scores to prioritize calls about child abuse and make decisions on how best to support the child and family.
Read the full report here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/can-big-data-save-these-children/