Faculty Advisor

Trapp, Andrew C

Faculty Advisor

Douglas, Emily M

Abstract

This project is an extension of a 2018-2019 academic year MQP that conducted an initial investigation improving service allocation in the United States child welfare system. Our team narrowed the scope of the project by improving service allocation to infants from urban areas of Texas who were placed into foster care as a result of parental substance abuse. Through predictive analytics, we determined the impact services and other factors had on a child's length of stay in the system. Then using prescriptive analytics, we developed a mechanism that reallocates services to minimize a child's length of stay in the system. Our results demonstrate an opportunity to improve service allocation by examining both a child's case details and the environmental factors surrounding their case.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-04-05

Major

Interdisciplinary

Major

Industrial Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Business

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

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