WRMA is serving as a subcontractor to Optimum Technology in this business assessment, business process re-engineering, and information system requirements and planning project.
The first phase of the Integrated Child Care Assessment Project was initiated to perform business analysis and requirements-gathering activities in preparation for the potential issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new child care case management system for the Ohio Bureau of Child Care and Development. Optimum Technology requested the participation of WRMA because of the company's corporate experience in the child care program area and information system planning and development. WRMA staff was involved in the first phase between September 2007 and August 2008.
In the first phase, WRMA provided senior staff and business analysts to serve the roles of team leads and consultants in the various activities of the project. Activities included research on existing systems in other states, business assessment of Ohio county and state child care processes, development of a cost-benefit analysis for the new system, and development and consolidation of system requirements.
The integrated assessment and final system requirements will be used by the state in determining the scope and components of the new system, and as a basis for the development of the final RFP.
A second phase of the project began in April 2009. The second phase of the project involved business process assessment for the implementation of new child care eligibility functions being implemented in the state's current CRIS-E system, as well as identification of business process changes needed to move child care payments from the county to the state level and to further define the business requirements for the implementation of automated time and attendance reporting for child care programs.