Thursday, February 11, 2016

@WCP journos covering all 'Closing DC General' meetings Feb. 11

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Interesting and useful data

Jeremy Singer-Vine's Data is Plural is a most useful website.   Consider, for example, the data sets he has shared recently:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A twist on the DC General Shelter closing community meetings Feb. 11

Topher Mathews: The Mandate to Remember Black Georgetown

Program your phone NOW with DC Shelter Hotline contact info

The next several days will be frigid according to the National Weather Service.   Prepare yourself to help folks out on the street experiencing homelessness by adding the following DC Shelter Hotline information to your mobile phone:
  • (202) 399-7093
  • 1 (800) 535-7252 (toll-free from a pay phone)

When you contact the DC Shelter Hotline, be prepared to share the following:

  • The time the person was seen
  • The specific location where seen
  • Description of the person's appearance
  • If you know, whether they speak a language other than English

Want to encourage friends and colleagues to help the homeless by contacting the DC Shelter Hotline?   Consider sharing one or more of these images.

Marie Cohen on CFSA's evaluation of contractors

Marie Cohen considers the idea of evaluating nonprofit agencies providing child welfare services in Evaluation of Foster Care Agency Should Look Beyond ‘Performance Scorecard’.

Cohen summarizes:

Close to 40 children had to leave their foster homes homes due to the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA)'s decision to close a private agency, reports social worker Marie Cohen based on a delayed response to a Freedom of Information Act request. CFSA's response indicated that the decision to close Foundations for Home and Community was based on its "Performance Scorecard" scores. But these scores are influenced by facts that private agencies can't control, like the age and problems of their clients. And Foundations took the oldest and most difficult youth that other agencies wouldn't serve.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

FYI: Updated oversight and budget hearing schedules

An important piece of information to know about the updates from the council's budget office re: FYs 2015 and 2016 oversight and FY 2017 budget hearing schedules: Both schedules receive an update date even if only one of the schedules is actually updated.   Take a look at the budget hearing sked linked from the post #dcfy15/#dcfy16 oversight and #dcfy17 budget hearing skeds updated.   You'll see that it is dated February 3 but there are no changes listed after the boxed text on page 1 and before the hearing information.

DC Campaign has a new address

The DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy has moved.   Their new address is:
1101 Fifteenth St NW
Suite 1212-B
Washington, DC 20005

Their phone number and email addresses remain the same.

Monday, February 8, 2016

February 9: Mayor-Council Breakfast

Mayor Bowser and members of the Council of the District of Columbia will pow-wow Tuesday, February 9 at 9:00 am for their regular breakfast meeting.   On the agenda: The mayor's plan for closing DC General.   The event is open to the press so follow your faves on Twitter for updates.   Based on some of the comments in the Storify about reactions to the plans, it will be an interesting discussion.

February 9: Helping Consumers Make Informed Financial Choices Using Interactive Technologies

Dr. Oded Nov will speak Tuesday, February 9 at 12:30 pm at the Princeton University CITP Luncheon Speaker session Helping Consumers Make Informed Financial Choices Using Interactive Technologies.   From the event announcement:
In this talk Nov will present three retirement saving studies in which we developed and evaluated HCI interventions for consumer finance decision making. Users in the experimental interventions conditions made better choices and were more likely reach their financial goals. Moreover, the studies shed light on the potential role of policy and regulation: just as certain information is required by law to appear on the packaging of food products, in the future policy makers and regulators may devise policies about the interactive information elements which should be provided to consumers of financial products.

Watch the event streaming live.