Designing solutions to the problems that matter

Our priority is the safety, health and resiliency of children, youth, families and communities. We promote the use of data and technology to address the costly problems associated with child maltreatment, violence, substance misuse, injury and other adverse childhood experiences.

The challenges our children and families face are both predictable and preventable. We can work together toward evidence-based solutions.






Meeting Costly Challenges with Data-driven Solutions

Coast to coast, we empower public and private partners with expertise in continuous quality improvement, data analysis, research, capacity-building, training, strategic planning, data-driven action and evaluation.

Our approach to every project is creative, collaborative, and result-focused. We use data to identify challenges and root causes, research evidence-based solutions, implement strategies, and set up systems to illustrate meaningful and measurable progress. Our learning management systems and training provide user experiences that engage, inform, and empower.

We’re pleased to have worked with a range of organizations, agencies, and institutions across the country. (+)

Team members have collaborated with Casey Family Programs, NYC Administration for Children’s Services, New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, State of New Mexico Office of Attorney General, Navaho Nation, South Carolina Department of Education, Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Community Foundation, National Education Association, Rhode Island Department of Health, Historic Santa Fe Foundation, New Mexico Brain Injury Advisory Council, and Annie E. Casey Foundation.




Achieving Measurable and Meaningful Outcomes

STEP: Data Scholars and Quality Improvement Initiative was developed for Casey Family Programs in collaboration with the NYC Child Welfare Department.

STEP (Striving Toward Excellent Practice) is a nine-month course and continuous quality improvement (CQI) process developed to strengthen data-driven decision-making within child welfare and partnering agencies.


Watch our "First STEP" video to learn more (+)

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Empowering the foster parent community


RAFT: Relative Adoptive Foster Parent Training was designed for New Mexico Protective Services-Foster and Adoption Bureau.

RAFT is a learning management system and training program designed to recruit, educate and empower the state’s prospective foster and adoptive parents.




A Multidisciplinary Approach


photoDominic Cappello (Co-founder and Strategist) Dominic advocates for a data-driven and technology-infused approach to public health and safety. He is overseeing the implementation of the Data Scholars Initiative for Child Welfare in New Mexico, Connecticut and NYC. (+)

His clients include Casey Family Programs, Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Education Association, University of California, Berkeley, and Disney. He worked for the New Mexico Department of Health - Epidemiology and Response Division and the New Mexico Protective Services - Research, Assessment and Data Bureau. He has a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Language and Communication from Regis University. Also a writer and illustrator, Dominic’s work in family safety received national attention when his Ten Talks book series was featured on Oprah. He’s discussed safety and health on The Today Show, NBC News, CNN, and ABC News. Dominic also curated Santa Fe’s first TEDx (Technology-Entertainment-Design) conference.

photoGregory Sherrow (Co-founder and Technical Architect) Gregory is a web architect for both educational and commercial enterprises. He has been involved in web development since 1997 and has developed and managed web technology solutions for companies large and small, most notably 6+ years as the head of Patagonia, Inc. Web Development Department. (+)

He programmed the prototypes for the Safety+Success learning management systems piloted in South Carolina and New Mexico. His learning management system clients include State Departments of Health, Education, and Attorney Generals Office.

photo Katy Yanda (Policy Consultant) Katy received her Master of Public Health from Columbia University, focusing on adolescent and family health. She has worked extensively in the domestic and international field of maternal and child health, as Director of the Teen Health Initiative and New York Civil Liberties Union. (+)

She also worked as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Administration for Children and Families, and as a program manager with the Women's Global Health Imperative at the University of California, San Francisco.

photo Susan Burgess (Consultant) Susan is an organizational development consultant with experience in consulting, training, curriculum development, business development, counseling and teaching. She is skilled at developing and delivering programs in leadership development management skills and communication. (+)

She works with management and executive teams in non-profit and for-profit organization in strategic planning, building effective organizational structures and enhancing collaboration and communication. Her clients include Hewlett Packard, the Boeing Airplane Company, Capital One, The Coca Cola Company, Humana, Lloyds Banking Group, the Gifford Foundation, the Allyn Foundation and The Family Business Center of Central New York.






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