Month: March 2015

Opening Doors for Youth Plan

On March 25, 2015, the Opening Doors-CT Homeless Youth Workgroup released its Opening Doors for Youth Plan. The Center for Applied Research in Human Development co-authored the report, which provides a framework for ending homelessness for Connecticut youth and young adults. The plan is the product of a year long, multi-stakeholder initiative that brought together a diverse range of constituents including youth consultants who experienced acute or chronic housing instability, multiple relocations, and homelessness.  Consultants, community providers, researchers collaborated to create recommendations for an integrated network of services for homeless and unstably housed youth. Center Director Dr. Anne F. Farrell chaired the initiative’s Services and Supports Subgroup and served as one of the lead authors. Read more about the initiative at the Partnership for Strong Communities website.

Dr. Anne F. Farrell testifies in support of data sharing bill

Center Director Farrell testifies in support of administrative data sharing
Center Director Dr. Anne F. Farrell testified before the CT General Assembly, Joint Committee on Government Administration and Elections. Dr. Farrell provided expertise on data security, access, and the potential for increased transparency, efficiency, and accountability for public programs. If passed, Governor’s Bill No. 949 would mandate State Executive agencies to respond to requests for administrative data. Administrative data are routinely collected by government departments for purposes of client/citizen registration, eligibility, benefits administration, transactions, and record keeping, usually during service delivery. These data, when merged across programs, can provide a wealth of information about the benefits, costs, and ultimate long term impact of publicly funded programs. Administrative data can be de-identified and shared, enabling program evaluation and related analysis without concern for breaches that would result in the release of citizens’ private information. Read her testimony here.