Center for Social Sector

Analytics & Technology

Providing the Social Service Sector with Tools, Information, & Knowledge to Promote Human Wellbeing

Explore
image

The Center for Social Sector Analytics & Technology

Founded in 2019 as a result of a landmark intersection between the University of Washington’s School of Social Work and Washington State’s Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF), the Center for Social Sector Analytics & Technology (CSSAT) was created with the goal of helping to address some of the most pressing information and systems challenges facing the social service sector in Washington state and beyond.

Can technology tools help streamline bureaucratic and documentation burdens on social service providers, allowing for more interaction and support for children and families?

Can data measure near real time human behavior change? Can contract performance monitoring be designed so that it is fair to both providers and service recipients?

Our Projects

work-image

Oliver Service Management Platform

Web-based application designed to streamline reporting requirements for social service providers.

work-image

Data Portal

A web tool that provides detailed, customizable data about children and families served in Washington state's child welfare system.

work-image

Analytical Case Management

A case management curriculum to help social workers in the field utilize principles of measurement, analysis, and logical reasoning.

work-image

Dependent Child Legal Representation Evaluation

An evaluation of a Washington state pilot program to understand if and how children in dependency proceedings benefit from legal representation.

image

Analytics & Technology for Social Service Professionals

CSSAT takes a holistic and data-driven approach to analyzing complex, high-impact systems in the social service sector.

Our work integrates systems thinking, state-of-the art quantitative analysis, and an understanding of human and institutional behavior into its methodologies, aiming to address large-scale challenges which pervade current social services delivery systems.

Data

Data Collection in the Context of a Diverse, Non-Technical User Base as well as Data Visualization and Communication for Broad Audiences

Service/Policy

Service Delivery System Design and Architecture, Social Service Sustainability, & Policy and Outcome-Oriented Metrology

Our Team

Meghna

Jooree Ahn

Data Scientist

Jooree’s data science, technical, and social service expertise helps ensure that CSSAT activities have a sound evidence base. Jooree is a graduate of the UW School of Social Work and has also earned an MPH at UW’s School of Public Health in social and behavioral sciences.

Meghna

Marie Bolstad

Director of Finance & Operations

Marie’s vast knowledge and skills in operational processes and Title IV-E helped get CSSAT off the ground and now keeps it running smoothly. Marie holds a BA in German language from Gonzaga University and an MPA from the UW’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.

Meghna

Matt Broadhead

Lead Engineer

Matt taps his 20-plus years of experience in software engineering, computer science, and information technology to lead the engineering of the Oliver program. He holds BA in Math from Macalester College, and a Master of Language Technologies from Carnegie Mellon University.

Meghna

Marshal Funk

Software Engineer

Marshal brings two decades of software developing and data management, modeling and storage expertise from work in both small start ups as well as large companies including Amazon. He holds a BS from Kansas State University in history and a computer science minor.

Meghna

Joe Mienko

Chief Scientist

Joe has experience as a social worker and a researcher in the child welfare system. He has studied predictive analytics as well as machine learning and data presentation for social service professionals. Joe holds an MSW and a PhD from UW’s School of Social Work.

Meghna

Ariadna Norberg

Engineer/Designer

Ariadna blends technical knowledge & human-centered approach to technology for both engineering and data science work. She has experience in both web development and in engineering databases for social worker data. She holds a BS from UW’s School of Informatics.

Meghna

Erik Oien

Data Scientist

Erik’s background is in child welfare and data science. He has worked in residential care in the child welfare system and has experience managing child welfare administrative data. He holds a BA from Evergreen State College and an MSc from The London School of Economics.

Meghna

Sarah Yatsko

User Advocate/Business Analyst

Sarah brings a decade of direct service experience in juvenile court and child welfare systems and another conducting research in criminal justice and public education. She holds a BA from Loyola University in English Literature and an MPA from UW’s Evans School of Public Policy.

Get In Touch

Contact Details

Feel free to contact us for support or more information.

UW Tower, Seattle
Email: cssat@uw.edu
Thank you. The Mailman is on His Way :)
Sorry, don't know what happened. Try later :(