CWDS Update
Volume 1, Issue 4
April 25, 2017
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Welcome to the Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) Update newsletter. CWDS is a collaboration of California state and local government agencies that supports our customers through technology to assure the safety, well-being, and permanency of children at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Follow major project milestones here. We look forward to your feedback.
In This Issue

Quarterly Stakeholder Forum (4/11/17) Materials Posted

CWDS Digital Services Director Kevin Gaines and Project Director Tony Fortenberry shared our vision and our progress at the Quarterly Stakeholder Forum, held at the CWDS campus and via WebEx web conference on Tuesday, April 11. Intake Digital Service Manager, Wendy Christian, and Intake Product Owner, Jeff Dent followed with a demonstration of the “sandbox” that is being made available to core county users.

Three separate breakout sessions in the afternoon allowed participants to attend the area that interested them most for a more in-depth look at our progress. Participants chose from these:

  • Intake
  • Certifications, Approval, & Licensing Services (CALS)
  • Technology Platform

The slide decks from each of these sessions are available:

Main Session
Intake Solutions Demo
Intake Breakout Session
CALS Breakout
Tech Breakout

Recordings of the sessions are available on the CWDS YouTube channel:

New Vendors Selected for Agile Development Pre-Qualified Vendor Pool

The California Department of Technology has announced the selection of 13 vendors who are now part of the State’s expanded Agile Development Pre-Qualified (ADPQ) vendor pool. Along with 11 companies that were previously selected in 2016 when the vendor pool was initially created, there are now 24 vendors eligible to bid on opportunities for agile and user-centered design services. Read more about the establishment of the ADPQ vendor pool on our website:

While CWDS has been the first state organization to use the vendor pool for the development of the Child Welfare Services – New System (CWS-NS) project, CDT expanded the pool to increase competition and allow all state agencies and departments to use it. Read the Notification of Selection here.


Agile Application Security Presentation by Laura Bell    

On Monday, April 17, Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) and the California Office of Systems Integration (OSI) hosted the first in a series of brown bag lunches intended to share expertise and experiences with agile software development with State of California employees. Our first guest speaker was Laura Bell, co-author of Agile Application Security and founder of SafeStack, a company focused on agile application security services. Ms. Bell discussed a range of security tools and techniques specifically adapted to integrate with agile development. These practices aim to raise security awareness and confidence without compromising innovation, complexity, and speed. Video

CWDS to Issue RFOs for Implementation Services

As part of an overall strategy to help counties prepare to transition from the legacy Child Welfare Services/Case Management System, Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) will be releasing four solicitations for implementation services, including organizational change management, training development, training delivery and implementation services. Read more.

What Is Implementation?

What is implementation?
Implementation is the delivery of a new digital service or new features deployed into a live environment. Implementation includes a spectrum of activities, spanning process and organizational changes, functional training, communications, software, hardware, and data to get ready for the new Digital Services. The CWDS Implementation team helps prepare the State, tribes, and counties (called “Orgs”) to use the new digital service features.

How does this impact me?
Each Org will have a CWDS Implementation Lead (IL) to work with in preparation for a release. The IL will work directly with each Org to track and report progress through a series of readiness activities, such as helping the Org analyze and understand how their business processes are impacted by the new digital service and to communicate and prepare for those changes. System training is also an essential component of implementation. The CWDS training team (part of the Implementation team) will deliver train-the-trainer (TTT) to Org and Regional Training Academies (RTA) trainers, who then deliver training to staff. Training delivery includes eLearning, short videos, step-by-step job aids, and classroom training.

What’s next?
Stay tuned! You’ll be hearing more from the CWDS Implementation Team as release dates are determined.

Join Us on 5/16 for the Next Solution Demo

CWDS conducts monthly solution demonstrations of the products we are building via WebEx web conference. This event will be recorded and posted to our website for those who are unable to attend.

The solution demo will be held on Tuesday, May 16, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PDT. Look for a subsequent communication and on our website for information on how to join.

Follow Our Progress!

Child Welfare Digital Services has launched a new blog site to help stakeholders follow along with our progress and weekly activities.  Read more.

CWDS Is Hiring!

We are actively recruiting to fill a number of important technology-related positions at CWDS. With the support of skilled, dedicated employees and the goal to improve the lives of children at risk of abuse and neglect, CWDS employees are committed to working in an agile environment to make this happen. If you are looking for new challenges and a rewarding profession, visit the Job Opportunities page on our website and consider joining our team!
Events Calendar
5/16 - Solution Demo (webcast)
6/20 - Solution Demo (webcast)
7/11 - Quarterly Stakeholder Forum (at CWDS & webcast)


Monthly Reports and Quarterly Stakeholder Forum materials are available here.

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