Aug. 1 from 1-2 p.m. CT

  • Free for Alliance members and nonmembers
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The webinar will provide an overview of predictive analytics as used in child welfare and discuss key considerations and cautions for leaders who are interested in implementing predictive analytics.

The use of administrative data collected from child welfare and other sectors to support decision-making and improve outcomes continues to evolve. While many uses of predictive analytics currently exist, some potential uses in child welfare include helping to identify families who may benefit from early intervention services, identifying factors correlated with child safety and placement disruption, and predicting which children are most likely to experience long stays in out-of-home care.

Ample time will be reserved for Q&A.

Casey Family Programs researchers, Yvonne Humenay Roberts, Kirk O’Brien, and Peter J. Pecora are the authors of "Considerations for Implementing Predictive Analytics in Child Welfare."

Learning Objectives

  • A clearer understanding of predictive analytics
  • The considerations that must be taken when implementing predictive analytics
  • Examples of predictive analytics implemented in child welfare settings

Who Should Attend

  • Senior and management level staff with primary responsibilities for performance excellence activities 
  • Staff who have responsibility for communicating performance activities of the organizations:
    • Program managers
    • Fund development staff


Yvonne Humenay Roberts 
Senior Research Associate
Casey Family Programs

Yvonne Humenay Roberts is a senior research associate in research services at Casey Family Programs. She manages, evaluates, and provides consultation on studies assessing child welfare practice models, predictive analytics, and the implementation of trauma-informed care. Prior to joining Casey, Roberts completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Prevention and Community Research at Yale University, where her research focused on the effects of trauma exposure on young children’s mental and physical health.

Kirk O’Brien
Director in Research Services
Casey Family Programs 

Kirk O’Brien is a director in research services at Casey Family Programs. His primary responsibilities include managing, evaluating, and providing consultation on studies of youth in and alumni formerly in foster care and studies evaluating strategies to help youth exit foster care by safely achieving permanence. O’Brien coordinated the National Alumni Study and the Northwest Alumni Study, both of which have contributed significantly to the knowledge base of outcomes for youth formerly in foster care. More recently, O’Brien has led evaluation efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of services provided to youth in foster care who are served by Casey Family Programs.

Direct questions to Phyllis Richards, director of evaluation and research at the Alliance.