Recapping the 11th Annual National Child Welfare IT Managers’ Meeting
“Navigating the New Normal of Accelerated Change in Child Welfare Practice and Technology – Vision, Risks and Rewards” was the central theme of the 11th Annual National Child Welfare IT Managers’ Meeting held in late May. The four-day event sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children’s Bureau, provides vendors, state program officials, and federal regulators with an excellent opportunity to network and discuss program enhancements, systems development, and collaboration initiatives in the child welfare and human services arenas. This year’s meeting featured a vendor symposium sponsored by TechAmerica’s Human Services IT Advisory Group (HSITAG), with numerous companies highlighting their child welfare solutions.
Centered on the “new normal” theme, state and local IT staff shared unique experiences and challenges with child welfare and human services technology. Topics included system integration, innovative change, data sharing and governance, mobile technology, predictive analytics, social media and the impact of health care reform. Though embracing the accelerated change that defines the "new normal” was of heavy focus, last year’s discussion of leveraging technology to streamline business processes and promote efficiency remained a hot topic.
A full recap of this year’s National Child Welfare IT Mangers Meeting is available here. Vendors will find information about the changing IT landscape in the child welfare and human services fields, the challenges of this changing landscape for child welfare information and technology officer and caseworkers, as well as opportunities to work with states in updating or replacing outdated caseworker technology to enable a more streamlined and effective child welfare system in every state.