CLEAR can help communities use big data to reduce poverty levels

August 29, 2016

US CapitolGovernments work hard every day to meet the needs of the community.  When systems are broken citizens look to government entities for solutions and rely on them to provide a just legal system, safe community, and to be responsible stewards of their tax dollars. When families are distressed they look to these resources for help to rebuild and strengthen their lives.

Custodial parents that rely on child support payments to make ends meet oftentimes find themselves not receiving payments on time, or at all. For single-mother families, 40% are already at or below the poverty level, so receiving accurate payments ON TIME can reduce the poverty rate by 25%, improving the lives of vulnerable children and families.

State and local child support programs help ensure child support is regularly paid and in the correct amount. The majority of noncustodial parents who are actively involved in their children’s lives pay support, but missed or reduced payments can dramatically impact a family’s budget.

In the U.S., 17.2 million children are linked to child support payments, and single-mother families make up about 40% of those in poverty. When those families receive payments on time there is the potential to move 1.7 million children out of poverty. The law provides many levers to impel parents to make payments, but $38 billion in unpaid child support remains. Many times, finding the non-paying parent is the hardest step of the child support process.

Government can play a larger role in reducing the poverty rate by utilizing technology and data to find non-paying parents.

Today, Government Health and Human Services departments and Child Support Enforcement Agencies have access to various public records information that helps them find non-paying parents, but the process to find a person requires searching multiple databases that often contain incorrect or outdated information. Since these databases are separate, they are unable to connect common information on a person, place or asset, making the job of investigators very difficult.

What if Health and Human Services Departments and Child Support Enforcement Agencies had access to key pieces of information that could show connections to people, places and assets? What if these agencies had the tools they needed to help families get out of poverty by locating a non-paying parent?

CLEAR can be this needed tool to help agencies find non-paying parents. CLEAR can uncover hard-to-find data across public and proprietary information, and can link a subject with relatives, known associates, utility information, DMV records and more, putting together a pattern of activity – all within a single working environment.

CLEAR can help agencies find non-paying parents so agencies can help children and families out of poverty.

Health and Human Services departments in 36 states use CLEAR to:

  • visualize data connections between persons and places of interest.
  • set alerts, such as when a new phone number, vehicle, or other record becomes attached to a non-paying parent.
  • accurately mail statements to non-custodial and custodial parents.
  • contact sources to verify income.
  • collect data for cases requiring legal action.

We encourage you to learn more about CLEAR by requesting a no-obligation demo.