Child Maltreatment Incidence Data Linkages (CMI Data Linkages), 2017 - 2022

The Child Maltreatment Incidence Data Linkages (CMI Data Linkages) project aims to explore how innovative administrative data linkages can improve our understanding of child maltreatment incidence and related risk and protective factors. CMI Data Linkages, which began in fall 2017, identified 5 sites using linked administrative data to examine child maltreatment incidence and related risk and protective factors. The project is supporting these sites as they enhance their existing linked administrative data by:

  • Using innovative methods to link/analyze administrative data;
  • Linking novel administrative data sources; or
  • Scaling or replicating an existing data linkage or analysis approach in a new geographic area or jurisdiction.

The project provides sites with access to experts to help address challenges and supports a collaborative cross-site learning network that facilitates communication and information sharing. The project is also conducting a cross-site feasibility study to: (1) examine the factors (including state and local context, resources, organizational capacity, peer support, training, and existing infrastructure) that promote or impede the enhancement or scaling of existing administrative data linkage and analysis practices related to child maltreatment; and  (2) determine the availability and quality of information on child maltreatment incidence and associated risk and protective factors that can be gleaned from linked administrative data. CMI Data Linkages intends to inform the accurate and ongoing surveillance of the incidence of child abuse and neglect and future prevention and treatment efforts.

This project is conducted through a contract to Mathematica.

Point(s) of contact: Jenessa Malin and Christine Fortunato.

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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.