Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange

Here's a new paper on matching for adoption:

The Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange Improves Its Matching Process
Vincent W. Slaugh, Mustafa Akan, Onur Kesten
Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
vslaugh@cmu.edu, akan@cmu.edu, okesten@andrew.cmu.edu
M. Utku Unver 
Department of Economics, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467 unver@bc.edu

Abstract: We utilize operations research and market design frameworks to improve cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 e ectiveness of a recommender system for children in state custody and prospective adoptive families, and describe cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 implementation of changes to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange (PAE). The purpose of PAE is to nd permanent families for hard-to-place children in state custody, and it provides match recommendations to over 200 children each year. After describing PAE's operation, we use data provided by PAE to analyze cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 relationship between child attributes and adoption outcomes. With cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 primary objective of improving adoption outcomes, our recommendations cover cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 information that PAE collects to make recommendations, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 decision rules that produce child-family match suggestions, and cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 interactions between PAE and system participants. We demonstrate cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 value of improved information about families and children using a discrete-event simulation of PAE. As a result of our collaboration, PAE has begun to collect new information from families and children to better predict match success, to use a spreadsheet tool that provides a more nuanced comparison of family preferences and child attributes, and to change cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 match recommendation process to reduce strategic manipulation by families. A survey of child case workers in Pennsylvania and interviews with PAE managers guided cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se changes. Insights from this project are relevant to ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r adoption exchanges, as well as cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 placement of children in foster care.
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A related paper, which I blogged about earlier, is here:
Child-Adoption Matching: Preferences for Gender and Race, 2013, by  Mariagiovanna BaccaraAllan Collard-Wexler, and Leonardo Felli, and Leeat YarivAmerican Economic Journal: Applied Economics, forthcoming. 

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