Skoodat and CAS-Carrera making a difference in New York City schools and beyond.

11 May 2011

By Ken McElrath

New York City — Chattanooga-based Skoodat has been working with the Children’s Aid Society Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (CAS-Carrera) to deploy a cloud software solution within four pilot schools in New York City. The Skoodat solution has enabled CAS-Carrera to deepen its program’s impact in the four pilot schools by presenting a 360-degree view of each student participant.

“Skoodat’s platform enables us to capture a more complete, real-time view of every student. We track data about the whole person, measuring all seven of our key components — academics, employment, family life and sexuality education, self-expression, lifetime individual sports, medical and dental care and mental health services. Having all this data at our fingertips makes a big difference in our ability to help young people develop and thrive,” Dr. Michael A. Carrera, founder of CAS-Carrera stated.

The Skoodat solution also helps CAS-Carrera compare comprehensive student data with benchmark state and city assessment data, enabling the organization to accurately measure the relative impact of their programs.

In April, CAS-Carrera was awarded a $3.5 million Social Innovation Fund grant through the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation to increase the numbers of youth served and continue to deepen its impact.  CAS-Carrera received the grant through a national competition that identifies innovative programs working to solve problems confronting low-income youth in America. 

The concept seems simple: connect the dots between different types of data to discover opportunities and risks in each child’s life. But until now, connecting those dots has been expensive and risky. Because data is often stored in many different places, it’s complicated to present data from multiple sources in a meaningful way. We reduce the risk and expense of connecting all those dots, making it possible for CAS-Carrera to scale its program, remain flexible, and keep costs down while expanding their services.

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