Michael Bachmann Uses Predictive Analytics to Prevent Child Abuse

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In 2014, Tarrant County reported more than 6,000 cases of child abuse or neglect – more than in any other county in the Lone Star state. And those are just the known cases.

“Data suggests that the underreporting rates of crimes against children is exceedingly high,” says Dyann Daley, executive director of Cook Children’s Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment in Fort Worth. “For example, the majority of child maltreatment fatalities occur in families not known to the child welfare system.”

Because of the difficulty in identifying vulnerable children before they are harmed, effective measures to prevent child maltreatment has been elusive. New research by Daley and colleagues at Texas Christian University suggests ‘big data’ technology could help predict neighborhoods where children are most at risk.

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