Creative clinical data mining: glimpsing the engagement of families with an integrated service system

Earles, Wendy (2013) Creative clinical data mining: glimpsing the engagement of families with an integrated service system. Evaluation Journal of Australasia, 13 (1). pp. 28-35.

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This article illustrates the potential of clinical data mining (COM) for exploring families' engagement with integrated early intervention and prevention (EIP) service systems. New approaches to EIP under the Communities for Children program seek to achieve systemic change towards more integrated service provision in an area. To date, program monitoring has focused on contacts by families with individual services, not necessarily engagement across an emerging system. As part of an evaluative capacity-building (ECB) process, practitioners asked the question: What can we learn about users' engagement with the service system from existing records of use? The approach taken drew from COM methodology. EIP does not usually involve significant user database systems as the work entails community development methodologies and users can be variously the community, groups, families and individuals. A partial dataset, from routinely recorded contacts, was available for one area. The dataset relied on a family number system created as a membership club for consciousness-raising on child-friendly communities. The de-identified dataset was mined for 'connection' with, and 'movement' within, the service system. There was evidence beyond the intuitive knowing of practitioners that the contractual obligation to engage families and children with services across a system was achieved. COM provided a means to demonstrate this within a broader evaluative capacity-building process.

Item ID: 30145
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1035-719X
Keywords: clinical data mining
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Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2014 02:06
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160703 Social Program Evaluation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 100%
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