Several years ago, the Oregon Domestic & Sexual Violence Services (ODSVS) Advisory Council proposed that advocacy programs across Oregon adopt a uniform, electronic database platform. The advisors sought to standardize and streamline the secure collection and storage of individual case management data, while also easing the burden of tracking service provision statistics and other aggregate outcomes for grant reporting purposes.
We are pleased to announce that this dream is moving steadily toward fruition. The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, funded by a grant from the Oregon Department of Human Services - Children and Families, has evaluated several database software platforms as potential candidates for the electronic management of DV/SA client service data across the state.
UPDATE 2015-08-18: The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence has delivered its final report to state funders at the Oregon Department of Human Services - Children and Families and Oregon Department of Justice - Crime Victims' Services Division. This report details the purpose of the proposed database platform, the evaluation criteria used, a summary of the evaluation process, and the coalition's findings and recommendations. Click here to view the full report.
Moving forward, the decision on whether the state will purchase and adopt a database platform for DV/SA advocacy programs hinges on securing a sustainable funding source for the proposed system's ongoing maintenance and support costs.
UPDATE 2014-09-30: The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence has conducted a web conference to update stakeholders on the database platform evaluation process and inquire about programs' specific needs and concerns. The recording of this web conference may be viewed here.
UPDATE 2014-01-08: Introductory Letter to Programs sent.