Data and Progress
The Southwest System of Care aims to impact three areas: Schools and institutions, mental health and relationships. The ultimate goals of these impacts are to influence policy to improve service delivery and improve overall community well-being to increase community power.
To this end, the SWSOC measures its impact on school improvement in its partner schools through the evaluation of the following metrics: The Supportive Environment Measure on the Chicago Consortium for School Research’s 5Essentials Survey, students’ “On-Track” Rate, and schools’ Supportive Schools Certification Rating. The SWSOC measures its impact on mental health through the implementation of the Pediatric Symptoms Checklist (PSC). This tool is used both as a screener to determine individual baseline needs, as well as to notice changes in the aggregate.
The SWSOC expects to positively impact relationships between institutions, individuals, and individuals and institutions. We anticipate that as a result of participation in the SWSOC, young people, families, and school and organization staff will be able to better act collectively. We measure this impact through a network analysis that contains both qualitative and quantitative factors.
Summaries of some of the data used to inform our progress and refine our model are below:
Network Maps help us to make sense of relationships between partner organizations and schools through referral pathways. This is a visualization of both the number of referrals made or received by each organization or school in the SWSOC and the number and direction that referrals are sent. These documents help us to understand changes in referral pathways over time. The map on the left shows referral pathways after 1 month of SWSOC implementation and the map on the right shows referrals made within the first quarter (12/1/20-2/28/21) of year two implementation.
To date, the Southwest System of Care has supported 1,985 families in connecting to care.
The SWSOC uses the IRIS system (Integrated Referral and Intake System) from the University of Kansas to make referrals and communicate among partners with an eye toward closing referral loops and ensuring families receive the care they seek. This system allows the SWSOC to monitor reasons for referral and use this data to inform the need for additional partners or supports in the community.