DHS News April 2014
DHS receives funding
for internal child welfare professional development opportunity
Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) has
received two grants totaling $150,000 to implement a Child Welfare Data
Management Fellowship. The Heinz Endowments granted $100,000 to the fellowship
and Casey Family Programs gave $50,000. The fellowship is a joint effort
between the DHS Offices of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) and Data
Analysis, Research and Evaluation (DARE).
The eleven-month Fellowship is a professional development
opportunity to teach promising future child welfare leaders within DHS how to
use data and research principles to inform case practice and performance
decisions. The ultimate goal is to improve outcomes for children and families
in Allegheny County.
A DHS selection committee will
choose approximately 25 supervisory or casework level applicants to
participate. Those selected will take part in classes to “think about how policy, practice and individual daily
casework decisions impact the lives of the children and families in Allegheny
County, and to find innovative ways to improve the work we do,” CYF Deputy
Director Walter H. Smith, Ph.D, said in announcing the Fellowship to staff and
encouraging qualified personnel to submit applications.
will be notified by May 23, with classes expected to start in mid-June.
Questions about the fellowship can be
directed to DARE Supervisor Brian Bell, by e-mail
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