CITS Partners with The Institute on EIR Tool

May 28, 2015   |  By Chris Phillips

Once again CITS has partnered with The Institute for Innovation and Implementation (“The Institute”), part of the UMB School of Social Work, this time to create the Early Identification of Risk (EIR) Data Collection Tool.  This secure web-based portal is used to collect and analyze the measurement data and corresponding demographic information needed to understand the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

A working group overseeing this project, which grew out of work being done at Harvard’s Center for the Developing Child’s Frontiers of Innovation group, is guided by the theory that we must identify risk and intervene early in order to interrupt the transmission of trauma from adults to children. The group's pilot study will assess thousands of children in the 0-5 age group who are at risk for poor socio-emotional outcomes in order to direct families to appropriate services.  It is very significant that this is an earlier age than current measures typically address, a time in life when evidence-based practice suggests that it will yield the most successful interventions.

Colleen Hoffmeister, a web developer who works with The Institute as a member of the Center for Information Technology Services web group, worked closely with Sarah Nadiv, Research Supervisor at The Institute, to build the EIR application from scratch. The process was a highly collaborative one, driven first by the creation of User Interface (UI) wireframes, followed by interactive web-based UIs prior to database modeling and server-side programming. This approach allowed Nadiv and the project steering committee to complete a hands-on review in the early stages of the project in order finalize requirements and identify potential issues prior to back-end development.

EIR was designed to be responsive, making it easy to use on all devices including handhelds. This will make it easier for users to enter data directly in the field.

This is the first application released by the Child Health and Prevention division at The Institute that was built directly on the School of Social Work infrastructure rather than migrating from the CITS servers. Steps have been taken to ensure the data is secure.