Elder Abuse Computerized Decision Support System
Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available the following final technical report (this report is the result of an NIJ-funded project but was not published by the U.S. Department of Justice):

Author: Kendon J. Conrad, Ph.D.

Abstract: Claims of elder mistreatment can often go unsubstantiated. Researchers in this project looked to determine if computer-assisted assessments could improve the handling of these claims while increasing the substantiation rate of elder abuse cases.
The Elder Abuse Decision Support System (EADSS) was designed and developed through previous NIJ-funded grants to facilitate computer-assisted assessment of allegations of abuse, standardize substantiation decision-making, provide user-friendly scoring and reporting, and link care planning to case specifics.

The resulting reports and databases that EADSS generates can be used to monitor and track case work and outcomes more effectively. They also compute agency and system-wide statistics useful in evaluation, planning and research.
  • Implement and improve EADSS as an investigation and intervention system usable in the field.
  • Determine the efficacy of EADSS for improving individual assessment, reporting, intervention and end-user utility as compared to standard protocols with six agencies in Illinois serving as a test bed.
  • Estimate the psychometric properties of EADSS measures of abuse, neglect and exploitation.