Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) executives provided an update on the project on April 20 in the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services. Watch the video below, see the hearing agenda here.
On Monday, April 17, Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) and the California Office of Systems Integration (OSI) hosted the first in a series of brown bag lunches intended to share expertise and experiences with agile software development with State of California employees. Our first guest speaker was Laura Bell, co-author of Agile Application Security and founder of SafeStack, a company focused on agile application security services. Ms. Bell discussed a range of security tools and techniques specifically adapted to integrate with agile development. These practices aim to raise security awareness and confidence without compromising innovation, complexity, and speed.
CWDS Digital Services Director Kevin Gaines and Project Director Tony Fortenberry shared our vision and our progress at the Quarterly Stakeholder Forum, held at the CWDS campus and via WebEx web conference on Tuesday, April 11. Intake Digital Service Manager, Wendy Christian, and Intake Product Owner, Jeff Dent followed with a demonstration of the “sandbox” that is being made available to core county users.
Three separate breakout sessions in the afternoon allowed participants to attend the area that interested them most for a more in-depth look at our progress. Participants chose from these:
- Certifications, Approval, & Licensing Services (CALS)
- Technology Platform
The slide decks from each of these sessions are available:
Recordings of the sessions are available on the CWDS YouTube channel:
- April 2017 Quarterly Stakeholder Forum – Main Session (1:49:03)
- April 2017 Quarterly Stakeholder Forum – Intake Breakout (1:21:40)
- April 2017 Quarterly Stakeholder Forum – CALS Breakout (1:05:30)
- April 2017 Quarterly Stakeholder Forum – Tech Breakout (55:07)
Please contact CWDSCommunications@cwds.ca.gov with any questions or comments.
As a 20-year veteran working in the child welfare system in Sacramento County, Wendy Christian is leading the Intake Module solution to create a system that will streamline the Child Protective Services hotline and investigations processes. The Intake Module covers the spectrum of Emergency Response – from the time a report of child abuse comes into the hotline through the work done by a CPS social worker to investigate these allegations of child abuse and neglect.
At CWDS as Intake Service Manager, Wendy and her team are working with county users across the state to create the most effective interface to streamline workflow. To date, project staff have conducted more than 300 interviews with county workers to help iterate and refine versions. In the video below, she describes her work on the new system.