About the Applicant
The vision of Case Commons is to support the transformation of public human services through innovative technology.
Case Commons, Inc. is a unique non-for-profit generously supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving life outcomes for disadvantaged children and their families in America, and a national leader in child welfare policy and practice. We share the Foundation’s mission of improving the well-being of vulnerable children and families. Case Commons' approach is to:
Help the Helpers
Case Commons believes that new technology can and must support – not hinder – the frontline workers who serve our nation’s most vulnerable children and families.
Case Commons uses the latest technology to improve the quality and timeliness of data and analytics so that everyone can make better decisions. Supervisors can better support their workers, policymakers can understand what works, and everyone can use greater knowledge to transform service delivery and improve lives.
Above all, Case Commons seeks to better serve, and to improve outcomes and life opportunities for vulnerable children and their families;
Learn More at casecommons.org.
Casebook is successful in large part because we have collaboratively conceived and consistently apply a set of core, value-based design principles and practices to our product work. These fundamental operating conventions guide our every decision, unifying us as a team and helping to streamline communication and iteration. More importantly, they allow us to move more quickly and strategically, keeping us focused on the measures that matter most: quantifiably better experiences for caseworkers, better outcomes for families, and less overhead for agencies and taxpayers.
The principles are as follows:
1. Leverage subject matter expertise to lead business-level innovation
2. Support better decision-making by providing just-in-time data and tools
3. Build for multiple user types and levels
4. Work where and when our users work
5. Patternize to allow for faster and cheaper improvements
6. Be Agile and iterate -- even while working with government clients
Through the consistent application of our core design principles and practices to the development of Casebook, Case Commons has been able to iterate more quickly and strategically than our legacy software competitors. As a result, Casebook is already producing measurably better data quality and experiences for our users at all levels.
We take especially great pride in being able, ultimately, to improve results for children and will continue to make this our mission. In this way, Case Commons and Casebook are helping to lead a growing movement to revolutionize how government puts public sector technology to work for Americans.
Our hope in sharing these principles is that others might find them useful or choose to adapt them to positively impact their own work in technology products for the public sector.