Hackathons – like the foster youth policy and technology hackathons – have spurred a new wave of civic engagement, and these collaborations between the technology and public sector can move the dial on social issues. In an article featured in the Review of Policy Research journal, authors Peter Johnson and Pamela Robinson examine how hackathons, by working with open data and examining government services, can act as a form of civic engagement to spur change.
In November of 2014 Cancel founded Think Of Us, a Commitment of Action for the Clinton Global Initiative America. He hopes this nonprofit is the answer to a “digital divide” that he recognizes between child welfare and the tech industry. The mission at Think of Us is to “leverage technology, data, and multimedia to improve policy, practice, and outcomes for youth and families.”
RedMane developed a remediation plan that provided project assessment, interim project management, ongoing design and system architecture. Issues were identified, and we developed an effective strategy and business case for a revised implementation approach. We worked with business users and the technical team to develop new designs for online application, interfaces and conversion. Business acceptance of the ISIS system has greatly increased, and our efforts marked a radical turnaround for a highly distressed project.
iCWS is an integrated, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) platform built using proven technologies. It includes interoperable modules that digitize core child welfare functions and innovative add-ons like artificial intelligence tools that allow agencies to balance service and prevention.