Eckerd Rapid Safety Feedback aggregate data

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Department of Children and Families of Florida.
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

1) Any predictive model report or comparable document explaining how the department's child welfare predictive analytics system—developed through its contract with EY (Contract # LJ980)—calculates predicted risk scores. If not already included in the predictive model report or comparable document, I also ask for documentation of how the different variables the models consider are weighted, i.e. which variables have the most influence on predicted risk scores.

2) Predictive risk score data from the aforementioned predictive system showing the number of children assigned to each level of risk, broken down in aggregate by the following child characteristics, for each year since the system was implemented, including 2021 to date.

- Race
- Gender
- Disability
- Race AND Gender
- Race AND Disability
- Gender AND Disability

Aggregate data responsive to this request might might take the form of: "In 2018 X number of White female children were assigned a High Risk score, Y number of White female children were assigned a Medium Risk score, and Z number of White female children were assigned a Low Risk score." Or, If the system assigns risk scores on a sliding scale, for example 0-100, please provide the average risk score broken down by the above-listed categories.

3) Annual aggregate data since 2016, including 2021 to date, on the number of substantiated child abuse/neglect cases, broken down by the following child characteristics:

- Race
- Gender
- Disability
- Race AND Gender
- Race AND Disability
- Gender AND Disability

Please note that I am requesting aggregate data, which is not personally identifiable and cannot be combined with other data sources to identify individuals.

Should you have any questions about this request, please don't hesitate to contact me for further clarification.

I ask that all fees be waived as I am a journalist and intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest about the workings of government. In the event you choose to impose fees, I request a detailed breakdown of the fees, including the hourly wage of each employ involved and an explanation justifying the employee hours required to fulfill the request.

Should you choose to reject this request or redact portions of it, I ask that you provide a detailed breakdown of the statutory exemptions and associated case law underlying your decision to withhold each/any portions from public review.

I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: Department of Children and Families

Good morning:

Florida Department of Children and Families received a records request from you on August 12, 2021, where you requested the following:

Department of Children and Families
SL Office
Building 1, Room 202
1317 Winewood Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700

August 12, 2021

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

1) Any predictive model report or comparable document explaining how the department's child welfare predictive analytics system-developed through its contract with EY (Contract # LJ980)-calculates predicted risk scores. If not already included in the predictive model report or comparable document, I also ask for documentation of how the different variables the models consider are weighted, i.e. which variables have the most influence on predicted risk scores.

2) Predictive risk score data from the aforementioned predictive system showing the number of children assigned to each level of risk, broken down in aggregate by the following child characteristics, for each year since the system was implemented, including 2021 to date.

- Race
- Gender
- Disability
- Race AND Gender
- Race AND Disability
- Gender AND Disability

Aggregate data responsive to this request might might take the form of: "In 2018 X number of White female children were assigned a High Risk score, Y number of White female children were assigned a Medium Risk score, and Z number of White female children were assigned a Low Risk score." Or, If the system assigns risk scores on a sliding scale, for example 0-100, please provide the average risk score broken down by the above-listed categories.

3) Annual aggregate data since 2016, including 2021 to date, on the number of substantiated child abuse/neglect cases, broken down by the following child characteristics:

- Race
- Gender
- Disability
- Race AND Gender
- Race AND Disability
- Gender AND Disability

Please note that I am requesting aggregate data, which is not personally identifiable and cannot be combined with other data sources to identify individuals.

Should you have any questions about this request, please don't hesitate to contact me for further clarification.

I ask that all fees be waived as I am a journalist and intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest about the workings of government. In the event you choose to impose fees, I request a detailed breakdown of the fees, including the hourly wage of each employ involved and an explanation justifying the employee hours required to fulfill the request.

Should you choose to reject this request or redact portions of it, I ask that you provide a detailed breakdown of the statutory exemptions and associated case law underlying your decision to withhold each/any portions from public review.

I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: Department of Children and Families

Good afternoon:

Please find responsive record to paragraph 1 in your request. There are no responsive records for paragraph 2 and 3.

Thank you.

Elizabeth Floyd
Assistant General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
Department of Children and Families
2415 North Monroe Street, Suite 100
Tallahassee, Florida 32303
Office: (850) 488-4119
Elizabeth.Floyd@myflfamilies.com<mailto:Elizabeth.Floyd@myflfamilies.com>

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