Prof. Rhema Vaithianathan and her team developed the world-first Allegheny Family Screening tool (AFST), a child maltreatment decision support tool implemented by Allegheny County, PA (United States) in 2016, with the team’s approach widely praised as transparent and inclusive.

The AFST is a predictive risk modeling tool that rapidly integrates and analyses hundreds of data elements for each person involved in an allegation of child maltreatment.

Project members

Professor Rhema Vaithianathan

Professor (Social Data Analytics)
Institute for Social Science Research