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An Agency Guide to Upgrading Case Management Software...

Posted by George Ritacco on Jul 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As social service agencies grow and new case management software is introduced into the market, finding the right software to fit your agency’s size and mission can be a daunting task.

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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools, Special Reports

Criminal Justice Reform Has Only Just Begun

Posted by George Ritacco on Nov 2, 2016 8:28:00 AM

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Topics: Special Reports, Juvenile Justice

Teachers... Unappreciated and Under Compensated

Posted by George Ritacco on Aug 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Much of the current political debate centers around:

  • The loss of jobs and opportunities for the middle class-
  • Whether college should be free for all Americans-
  • How the Millennials can be expected to pay back the $ 1.3 trillion of college debt they have accumulated when they are left to default to jobs in McDonald’s-
  • The job flight to third world countries causing the plight of our rust belt industrial inner cities-
  • The cycle of crime and destitution that imprisons undereducated minorities-
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Topics: Government, Special Reports

Do You Bring Out the Best?

Posted by Danielle Ritacco on Feb 25, 2016 3:39:00 PM

My daughter recently competed in an oratorical competition titled “How my best brings out the best in others”.  As I watched her list out traits she thought influenced others to be their best and listen to her practice her speech, I thought “What is my best”?   Am I doing my best to bring out the best, the “talent”, in my family, my friends, even my co-workers?  How do my actions influence those I work with?

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Topics: Special Reports, FAMCare Tips and Tools

What Makes Good Projects Go Bad?

Posted by Jasmine Brooks on Feb 24, 2016 1:10:16 PM

No one wants their project to fail or go over budget however, this is a common occurrence due, in part, to poor planning at the onset of the project planning process.  Identifying the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How are the first steps to creating a successful Project Team and Project Plan. Taking the time to ensure that you pick the right team, ensure that your team has the appropriate knowledge, providing a clear communication process and timelines will certainly put your project on the right path.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Special Reports, FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak

Blog Discusses LGBTQ Youth and Law Enforcement Responses

Posted by Julia Kurtz on Feb 11, 2016 11:21:44 AM

This just in from our friends at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention:

The OJP Diagnostic Center has posted a blog from Dr. Meredith Dank of the Urban Institute discussing the OJJDP-funded report “Locked In: Interactions with the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Systems for LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Who Engage in Survival Sex.”

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Special Reports, Government

Why Reinvent The Wheel If There’s A Wheel That Will Already Work?

Posted by April Freund on Feb 10, 2016 4:36:42 PM

The software industry is still a relatively “young” industry- think car manufacturing, steel manufacturing etc. begun more than a hundred years ago versus software starting in the 50’s but only becoming widespread in the late 80’s/early 90's. There is also the creative side of software design that enters the picture. Because of this there are many temptations to have a homegrown system built just for your organization.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Special Reports, FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak

How Do You Alleviate Double, Triple, or Even Quadruple Data Entry?

Posted by Chris Freund on Jan 21, 2016 4:31:39 PM

While working on an implementation at a customer site, I observed a caseworker in Michigan entering data into a SACWIS (State Automated Child Welfare Information System) computer system, then immediately enter the same data (plus some that SACWIS didn’t have) into the agency’s own system.

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Topics: Global Vision Technologies, Social Services Industry News, Special Reports, Technology Speak

Make Every Software Dollar Spent Count and Count BIG!

Posted by April Freund on Jan 13, 2016 3:51:50 PM

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As the President of a Case Management Software company I have witnessed very wonderful software implementation projects and many that struggle. 

There are various reasons but in this post I’m going to pinpoint what I think is the most common issue.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Special Reports, FAMCare Tips and Tools

2016 Nonprofit Fundraising Environment

Posted by George Ritacco on Jan 5, 2016 12:11:47 PM

In this first blog of 2016 I thought we might take a moment to view the overall nonprofit fundraising landscape. I know that your strategic plan and operating plan have already been written, but I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to do your first edit. The best plans are living documents always awaiting amendment.

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Topics: Special Reports, Fundraising Ideas, FAMCare Tips and Tools

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