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Our blog isn’t about us. It’s about you. We discuss business challenges and real issues human service agencies and caseworkers face everyday. You’ll find traditional human services software articles about things like document management for human services and social work technology. But you’ll also find inspirational stories to boost caseworkers’ spirits and tools to help agencies find and gain support for technology in human services.

Posted Thursday, January 12, 2017 by Team Northwoods

7 Can't Miss Conferences for Human Services in 2017

Two key themes arise whenever we talk to customers about how they stay up-to-date on the key issues and trends impacting their agency and community:

  1. Peer conversations and idea-sharing
  2. Industry research and best practices

One of the best ways to get a double dose of both? Carving out time to attend conferences and events that not only have really amazing programming/sessions, but also build in plenty of time for attendees to network and discuss how they’re addressing key opportunities and challenges.

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Posted Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by Team Northwoods

Top 6 Northwoods Blog Posts of 2016

Readers, rejoice!

It’s that time of year where we recap the can’t-miss blog posts of the last 365 days.

Whether you’re looking for customer success stories, technology adoption tips, or inspiration to keep on file for the days when you need to recharge, this list has got you covered.

So grab your reading glasses, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and catch up on the top 6 Northwoods blog posts of 2016. Happy reading!

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Posted Thursday, December 8, 2016 by Team Northwoods

50 Holiday Gifts for Human Services Workers

'Tis the season to celebrate and say thank you to the social workers in your life.

Whether you're shopping for a friend, family member or colleague, we've curated 50 gift ideas designed with social workers in mind.

Check out our Pinterest board, A Holiday Gift Guide for Human Services, for more inspiration, or keep reading for a sampling of ideas to get you started. Happy holidays!

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Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by Jim Aten

7 Questions Your Agency Can Answer with Compass® Reports

Human services agencies today are stretched for time and resources in almost every capacity. To really maximize efficiency, you need data. You need to be able to manage your workers’ caseloads, see how the tools you provide them are being used, and understand what services your community utilizes most.

Good news: you can now get the data you need through Compass® Reports for Compass® Pilot and Compass® CoPilot.

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Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by Team Northwoods

Paperwork Problems No More for Lenoir County Adult and Family Services

Imagine for a second how much more you could accomplish each day if you were able to put the hour or two that you usually spent doing paperwork toward actually doing your job.

Oh, the possibilities!

For Lenoir County Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Adult and Family Services social workers, the ability to repurpose hours previously spent on documentation means more time to focus on engaging clients, building trust, and delivering more holistic, quality service. Even better? Their documentation is still up to date and accurate too.

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Posted Thursday, November 3, 2016 by Team Northwoods

The Secret Behind Lenoir County's Child Support Success

Type. Print. Cut. Paste. Print again. Repeat.
Type. Print. Cut. Paste. Print again. Repeat.

For child support caseworkers at Lenoir County Department of Social Services (DSS), creating court orders and motions was a tedious, paper-heavy, and time-consuming process.

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Posted Monday, October 31, 2016 by Greg Tipping

Bring Your Content and Document Management Back from the Dead

For many human services agencies, important documents and case information are long gone as soon as they’re filed in the system.

Think about it this way: most basic document and content management systems force workers to wait until the end of a case to scan and file their documents, which means they don’t have access to information when they really need itwhile working the case. It’s hard for supervisors to coach and advise workers when they don’t have instant access to information either.

By the time critical information becomes available in the system, the case is already closed.

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Posted Thursday, October 20, 2016 by Team Northwoods

Color For A Kid Benefitting Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®

Coloring is good for the mind, body, and soul. (Seriously, even CNN says it's true.)

Last year, we started handing out coloring pages and pencils at conferences, knowing that sometimes social workers just need a bit of a distraction to help them recharge and refocus. The coloring pages were so popular that we found ourselves running out at almost every event, which got us thinking ... What if we could use this simple activity to benefit workers and kids at the same time?

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Posted Friday, September 23, 2016 by Rich Bowlen

Is Your Aging and Adult Services Program Ready for the “Silver Tsunami?”

Within the next four years, the elderly population in the United States is expected to increase to 54.6 millionmeaning nearly 8 million more people over the age of 65 in 2020 than there are today.

And what does this aging population mean for your program? You guessed it: Even. More. Paperwork.

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Posted Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by Team Northwoods

An Essential Reading List for Human Services Agency Directors

No matter how many different priorities human services agency directors juggle, one thing always remains the same: wanting to deliver the best possible experience and outcomes for the families that rely on your agency’s services.

That means carving out time to research what’s going on in the industry as a whole, what other agencies and programs are doing to improve service delivery, and what new tools and technology are emerging to help workers do their jobs better.

We’ve rounded up five of our favorite government, human services, and technology websites to help agency directors get ahead of the curve.

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