Child Maltreatment Incidence Data Linkages (CMI Data Linkages), 2017 - 2020

The Child Maltreatment Incidence Data Linkages (CMI Data Linkages) project will support ACF in identifying and enhancing existing administrative data linkage practices related to examining the incidence and risk of child maltreatment. Through the design and execution of a multi-site feasibility study, the CMI Data Linkages project will explore how enhancing and scaling innovative data linkage practices can improve our understanding of child maltreatment incidence and related risk and protective factors.

Key project tasks include identifying sites utilizing administrative data linkages to address priority research questions about child maltreatment incidence and related risk; planning and carrying out a feasibility study across sites; and facilitating communication and information sharing across sites. The CMI Data Linkages project aims to identify practices that will produce accurate and ongoing surveillance related to the incidence of child abuse and neglect and inform future prevention and treatment efforts.

This project is conducted through a contract to Mathematica Policy Research.

The points of contact for this project are Christine Fortunato and Jenessa Malin.

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Accurate and ongoing surveillance of the incidence of child maltreatment and related risk and protective factors can help to inform policy and programs as well as shape prevention and intervention efforts. One promising approach to capturing this information is by linking local, state, or federal administrative records, such as those from child welfare, health, social services, education, public safety, and other agencies.

Share your insights and knowledge about innovative child maltreatment research to inform the Child Maltreatment Incidence Data Linkages project funded by the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in partnership with the Children’s Bureau.