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Using algorithmic decision tools in children’s social care – the challenges and the opportunities

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Human - machine interaction a framework for understanding different approaches

Thea Snow, Senior Programme Manager for Government Innovation at Nesta, discusses the opportunities and challenges of using algorithmic decision tools in children's social care to support decision making. Thea explores how humans make decisions, the different ways these tools can be used, and suggests a checklist for supporting their introduction into the workplace.

From neighbours to partners: Leek Citizens Advice and Staffordshire Moorlands Families Intervention Project

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In March 2015 our small Citizens Advice office moved into Moorlands House in Leek, a local authority building which houses a range of services including adult and child safeguarding, council tax recovery, benefits, housing options and the Families  Intervention Project …

Predictive Analytics

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You may have heard about predictive analytics – but what does this mean for those of us who are shaping or delivering services for vulnerable people? Let’s start with some definitions: The term ‘predictive analytics’ is used for assessing large quantities …

The importance of information sharing within the Troubled Families programme

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‘Information sharing’, or ‘sharing information’, whichever way you say it, are two words which sound so easy. And many people who work within the public sector don’t even consider information sharing as a specific ‘thing’ or an extra to their …