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Optimizing Organizational Change: Prioritizing People, Communication and Training
Organizational change management is often the riskiest aspect of buying and implementing technology, especially in an industry like human services.
Automate for Impact: Three Keys to Success for Economic Assistance
As human services agencies look to 2021, the need to automate routine tasks to keep up with increased service demand won’t be slowing down anytime soon. This is especially true in economic assistance.
Try Before You Buy: How Phasing in New Technology Helps Human Services
A phased project approach can help human services agencies modernize technology in a way that provides both quick results and footing for better outcomes in the future. Agencies incrementally implement the solution over time, starting with a small-scale project and limited group of users.
How California IT Leaders Can Be a Hero to Health and Human Services
IT leaders have an opportunity to be the hero that HHS agencies need right now by providing immediate support, assistance, and relief to overburdened frontline workers so they can continue to impact those who need help today, while positioning agencies for continued success—no matter what tomorrow brings.
Envisioning the New Normal: Paving a Path Through Technology
COVID-19 physically separated caseworkers from clients, but it also created an opportunity to use modern technology to bring them back together. Doing so will require an entire spectrum of people—from policymakers and administrators to program directors and caseworkers—to embrace a new vision for how benefits are provided. The ideal solution puts the client at the center and opens up multiple access points to services.
Companies Using Artificial Intelligence To Make A Difference
Whether it's for improving the quality of social work or for developing new medicines, here are some companies using Artificial intelligence in exciting ways.
Cloud-based software to help Hubbard County Social Services staff telework
Hubbard County Department of Social Services (DSS) is investing in new technology to help staff telework during the COVID-19 pandemic and well into the future.
Social Services Agencies Shred that Paper Life with Dublin Firm’s Technology
Our CEO is featured in this article sharing how Northwoods is helping Ohio Job and Family Services caseworkers manage cases remotely amid COVID-19. Over the last 10 weeks there have been more than a quarter of a million applications for services, but workers have been able to keep up.
Creating Radical Change at the Intersection of Coaching and Technology
In human services, coaching and technology should go hand in hand. To do this, you must invite three unique perspectives to the table — coaching professionals, human services agencies and a technology partner — to customize the implementation strategy to meet your specific needs and make sure the people using the new technology are successful.
Systems as Storytellers: Connecting People and Technology to Boost Collaboration
Albeit slowly, a tectonic shift is happening in human services. We’re moving toward machine-assisted social work, where emerging tools like case discovery help workers connect the dots to understand a family’s whole story. In this future, workers won’t be required to sort through different systems, applications, or channels to find what they need; instead, the information that’s most timely and relevant will be presented to them through a single pane of glass.
Moving Up the Value Curve by Meeting Users Where They Are
Product Manager Lauren Johnson shares how insights from hundreds of hours in the field directly influenced the development of Traverse, Northwoods' solution for child welfare. Looking at six settings that provide a sample of how child welfare caseworkers could spend their days, Lauren explains how technology can meet them where they are in each place—both physically, and in terms of practice.
Investing in Technology to Break the Burnout Cycle in Child Welfare
Turnover is a chronic problem in children and family services. While not all contributing factors can be controlled, one way to combat the problem is providing technology that lessens administrative burden. That’s why Jefferson County Department of Social Services has invested in technology to give caseworkers more time to do high-value work with children and families.
100 Best Medium Workplaces
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Overcoming a Culture of Cautiousness: The Critical Role of RFPs in Innovation
When executing RFPs (requests for proposals), asking the right questions and evaluating the right criteria will differentiate a true partner in innovation from vendors offering "cookie cutter," one-size-fits-all solutions. Developing an RFP that accomplishes this goal considers common themes and practices. These will guide the entire process—from planning and writing the RFP to evaluating responses and ultimately awarding a contract.
Child Services Gets Much-Needed Boost from Dublin-Based Northwoods
Child welfare workers can utilize Northwoods' mobile platform to do their fieldwork, so that aiding families and at-risk children can be more of a priority and paperwork can be done more efficiently.
AI helps Yuba County caseworkers manage paperwork
Yuba County Health and Human Services (HHS) is investing in new technology—Traverse—that uses AI to surface key case information to help child welfare caseworkers make critical safety decisions.
How technology and the cloud brings transparency to citizen data
Sacramento Technology News: Artificial Intelligence Helping Yuba County Caseworkers Manage Paperwork
Yuba County Health and Human Services (HHS) is investing in new technology—Traverse—that uses AI to surface key case information to help child welfare caseworkers make critical safety decisions.
Northwoods Discusses Focusing on What Technology Can Offer to Help Others Rather than Innovation Alone
Director of Implementation Services for Northwoods, Cindy Sheets, discusses focusing on what technology can offer to help others rather than innovation solely for the sake of innovation.
Northwoods Shines a Light on Social Services Information
Northwoods developed Traverse, a system of engagement for child welfare caseworkers, that brings together all the case history into an easily digestible and interactive view. The company then wanted an integration platform that would allow the solution to easily integrate with customers' other data sources including case management and document management systems. Northwoods turned to TIBCO Cloud™ Integration.
Department of Social Services moves toward mobile file storage
The Jefferson County Department of Social Services is moving forward with acquiring a software program called Traverse that would allow caseworkers to handle much of their paperwork electronically.
Wonderful Workplaces for Young Professionals in 2018
CityPulse Columbus has recognized “Wonderful Workplaces for Young Professionals” in and around Columbus since 2013. Northwoods was recognized for the second year in a row in 2018 because the company "cultivates an environment where 'when people are hired, they don’t want to leave' with leadership programs 'open to all' and a place that 'feels like home.'”
Innovating Child Welfare Service Delivery
A Next-Generation System of Engagement
Modernizing to the new Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS), or building new systems to meet CCWIS requirements, opens the door for child welfare organizations to better collect, view, share, and understand information, not just record it.
Enterprise Medicaid, SNAP, & TANF (MST) EDMS Live in All Ohio Counties
The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and partner agencies, Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (JFS), are excited to announce on August 6, 2018 the team reached a key milestone in our Ohio Enterprise Document Management System (EDMS) journey, with all 88 counties now live with Medicaid/SNAP/TANF (MST) functionality. This is the culmination of an effort started in August 2017 and is an impressive accomplishment for a project of this scale to finish on time and under budget.
Top Workplaces: Midsize Employer, Northwoods Consulting Partners
The Northwoods Foundation is one of many reasons why the organization ranked first in Columbus CEO’s Top Workplaces 2018 survey among midsized companies in central Ohio. The company, which describes its mission as “revolutionizing the delivery of services to vulnerable populations,” designs software for human services agencies.
Technology making more face-to-face time for caseworkers
Caseworkers in Mesa County will get a helping hand, thanks to technology. The Health and Human Services Department is buying a new Traverse-- or filing-- system. It lets caseworkers access thousands of files from an iPad. Normally, caseworkers have to file paperwork at the office.
County updates services for kids
Child-welfare workers in Mesa County later this year will have artificial intelligence on call when they're summoned to emergencies or other issues. Northwoods Consulting Partners' Traverse system will provide protective-services workers "a device they can take into the field that contains everything they need to confront any situation they walk into," said Rich Bowlen, vice president for protective services at Dublin, Ohio-based Northwoods.
Here are Central Ohio's top workplaces for Millennials
The Columbus Young Professionals Club and the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio have released their fifth annual list of top workplaces for young professionals.
CAYUGA COUNTY LEGISLATURE
The county's department of Social Services is hoping to get new software that could make paperwork and interviews in the Child Protective Services unit less invasive and more efficient. Director of Community Services Ray Bizzari said a program created by Northwoods Consulting Partners would put all the office's records onto a database accessible via iPad. A caseworker could visit a home at either end of the county with the ability to pull up any and all paperwork needed.
Next-Gen Child Welfare Tech: Using Cognitive Search to Fight the Opioid Epidemic
What if child welfare organizations could use technology to surface trend data that could help them understand and address the opioid epidemic, and even prevent a future crisis?
Traverse in Action: See the Whole Picture of Case History
The best predictor of future safety is a thorough understanding of the past. Traverse, a protective services case discovery platform from the AWS Public Sector Partner Program member Northwoods, uncovers dark data and uses it to present a comprehensive case story. It allows child and adult protective services agencies to leverage the power of big data and the information they already have to make well informed, more confident decisions. The tool helps to analyze years of information and volumes of case records to build connections that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
What if your child welfare case file could talk?
Social workers, imagine if a child’s case file could talk to you. What would you ask it? What hidden secrets would you want it to tell you about the kids you care so much about? To help, we’ve figured out a way to use modern technology to make your case files answer your questions so you can uncover critical information to make informed, confident decisions.
Northwoods puts Text Analytics to a Good Use
Yesterday, Northwoods announced availability of Traverse, a text analytics solution for child welfare social workers. The solution is designed to allow case workers to focus more on a child’s needs rather than needlessly reviewing case documents. Traverse sifts through a case’s thousands of documents to give case workers quick insights into the people and key topics related to the child. This allows the case worker to focus on the child’s future safety rather than researching the case.
Back Office Content Solutions for State and Local Human Services
As I’ve been looking for out-of-the-box solutions that heavily rely on content, I’ve come to realize that these Back Office Content Solutions are everywhere. My real surprise was in human services benefits administration. Northwoods offers document management and workflow with an out-of-the-box solution to work social services related to children.
DSS: iPads will enhance safety
The Robeson County Department of Social Services will roll out a program that uses new technology to enable child welfare and adult services workers to spend more time with their clients and less time doing paperwork at the office.
The Curious Case of User Adoption - Policy & Practice
Most large IT projects fail because of one preventable issue: poor user adoption. By following two key tenets of a coach model approach to training, human services staff can ensure user acceptance, and ultimately, better service delivery.
Crow Wing County goes mobile
An app introduced last September for Crow Wing County Community Services social workers is improving communication with the families they serve, according to a new study released by Northwoods, the app developer.
How Your Brand Can Change the World - Innovate New Albany
Align your core business competencies with social causes. This is a natural way to bring solutions to social issues. An excellent example is Northwoods, which provides technology to help state and county human services agencies be more productive.
Chemung Co DSS Goes Paperless - WENY
The Chemung County Department of Social Services is going paperless! The department is the first New York County to give caseworkers a mobile tool to help them protect abused and neglected children.
Community services implements new technology - Brainerd Dispatch
Crow Wing County Community Services has implemented social service software to streamline processes for staff and assist them in effectively managing increased caseloads.
Five companies that get young people - Columbus Business First
A company focused on helping public agencies update their filing systems sounds like just the place to benefit from a young, tech-savvy work force. And Northwoods Consulting Partners Inc. has been doing just that, said president and CEO Gary Heinze.
Software saves Beaufort Co. taxpayers money
A recently released case study shows software Beaufort County's Department of Social Services switched to several years ago is saving them a lot of money. The software, called Northwoods, places an emphasis on electronic filing, which saves the DSS money on things like training and office supplies. All together, the DSS says they're saving about $100,000 a year.
Mobility is Changing the Face of Social Work - Policy & Practice
Every day, protective service agencies send social workers into homes, schools, and long-term care facilities to ensure the safety of children, the elderly, and others. But skyrocketing caseloads coupled with time-consuming paperwork requirements cut into the amount of quality time social workers can spend with their clients. Innovative child and adult protective service agencies have started embracing mobile technology to tackle these challenges head on.
Waynesburg native wins first-place Better Government award
In four weeks, Bowlen wrote the application and paper for the competition that outlined Northwoods’ “Compass CoPilot” program, a proposal to integrate data collection and reporting at state and county human services agencies.
Burke commissioners OK more money for schools; Local tax rate unchanged - Morganton News Herald
Burke County Department of Social Services will get a majority of the money needed to contract with Northwoods Consulting Partners Inc.
The mobility of care: Winona County social workers use new technology to streamline casework - Winona Daily News
A new, high-tech addition to Winona County Community Services is changing the face of social work in Minnesota.
As of August last year, Winona County Community Services became among the first social services agencies in the country to go mobile with Compass CoPilot software for iPad.
Cabarrus Co. buys iPads to help investigate child abuse cases - WSOC-TV
Sorting and scanning documents is a big part of how social workers input and gather information for child abuse investigations in Cabarrus County. But soon, a group of investigators will be able access to those critical files and more with a few taps on an iPad.
Technology in Social Work Boosts Productivity and Worker Morale - NACHSA Networker
Drowning in paperwork, the Fairfield County Child and Adult Protective Services (CPS) in Lancaster, Ohio worked to create a truly mobile social worker. That move is saving up to two days per week per social worker, empowering workers to create stronger relationships with families and achieve better outcomes.
North Carolina County Invests in Social Work App - Government Technology
Cabarrus County, N.C., has approved the use of a mobile application to help social workers manage child protection cases.
Cabarrus Looks To Arm Social Workers With iPads - WFAE
Social workers across the country are trading in their notepads for tablets. A handful of the state's counties have gone digital and now Cabarrus County is looking to join their ranks.
Tablets could get help for abused children more quickly - Independent Tribune
Getting an abused child out of a dangerous situation can mean the difference between life and death, and that’s why Child Protective Services Director Derrick Heath said his department needs better technology now.
Social workers use technology to help abuse victims - WKOW
Dane County Child Protection Services using new app to help victims.
New iPad app helps social workers manage increasing amount of cases - WKOW
A new interactive program is helping social workers to spend more time with victims by cutting down on paperwork.
A Case Managing Tablet? - OpenPlacement
As technology continues to improve its application within social work and healthcare are proving to be infinite. Most recently, the emergence of a system utilizing tablets has helped case workers to save time and increase productivity exponentially.
DSS Gets NACo Award - Washington Daily News
Beaufort County’s Department of Social Services has earned an award from the National Association of Counties.
Tablet suite saves case workers their most valuable commodity - GCN
Few employees have to be on the move as much as a government case worker in a county child protective or family services office. Unfortunately, many of these offices still use physical files that require the worker to return to the office up to several times a day to keep them up to date. Those offices that have partly moved to electronic files are not always equipped to handle workers making updates remotely.