Feasibility Study for a Guilford County Comprehensive Child Information System

The Duke Endowment and the Say Yes to Education programs requested that the Center for Child and Family Policy conduct a Feasibility Study to determine whether a comprehensive information system can be engineered for their proposed Guilford Initiative. The information system will track every child living in Guilford County over time, pull in information from service systems that the child may engage (e.g., health records, school records, other service agency records, etc.), and be useful to the practitioners who will interact with the child’s family. From the individual-child level data system, evaluators will be able to generate population-wide indicators for major outcomes in the domains of health, education, and social-emotional learning at various points across the lifespan. In addition, the Feasibility Study should generate other outcome measures that can be drawn from community service agency files and administrative records that might not be available at the individual-child level (e.g., child protective services rates).