We Won’t Improve Maltreatment Prevention Without Better Data Sharing

Theresa Covington - The Chronicle of Social Change

In this opinion piece for the Chronicle of Social Change, Theresa Covington, the director of the Within Our Reach office at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the director of the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention, describes the need for better data sharing to prevent child maltreatment fatalities in the United States. "In our modern, data-driven society, we must utilize the tools, including a standardized, national data system to classify, quantify and analyze child abuse and neglect incidents and their outcomes in order to get a clearer picture of children at risk. And, we must bring innovation to the ways in which we share data across multiple systems to ensure that everyone has the information they need to help children succeed."