Child Life Professional Data Center

The Child Life Professional Data Center (CLPDC) is a tool to help child life programs track and compare programmatic and capacity for patient impact data with others. The CLPDC tracks both annual and quarterly data on child life programs. All data will be entered and housed in a robust platform that allows users to compare data and run reports.

NEW Benchmarking Subscriptions Now Available

Available to hospital-based child life programs only. Allows all program
employees to access full data center features.

Programs with a CLPDC Benchmarking Subscription receive:

  • Access to all comparisons and reports (non-subscribers have basic reports only)
  • Access to all filters to customize comparisons and reports
  • Access to the disaggregated report

Cost:

  • 1-2 child life FTEs: $300/year
  • 3-9 child life FTEs: $600/year
  • 10+ child life FTEs: $1250/year
Purchase your subscription to this valuable tool today!

CLPDC Users' Group

From collection to entry, from interpreting reports to data-driven success stories, the NEW CLPDC Users' Group is a place to learn from others and share tips and advice. Members of the ACLP Benchmarking Subcommittee will also be on hand to provide support.

The CLPDC Users' Group is opt-in. You can join or leave at any time. To join the CLPDC Users' Group, please see the CLPDC Users' Group Guidelines.

Entering Data

Child life programs will be asked to enter both annual program data and quarterly patient encounters data. Programs will be prompted when each quarterly data collection window is open. Programs must enter at least 50% of the data requested in order to have access to comparisons and reports.

Comparing Data

Child life programs will be able to compare their staffing, services, and capacity for patient/family impact data against the averages for the entire field or use filters to compare against similar programs only (i.e. - freestanding children's hospitals vs. hospitals within hospitals vs. adult hospitals with pediatric services, etc).

Running Reports

The CLPDC platform has many built-in reports displaying data in charts that users can download. Potential use could include incorporating data and graphs into presentations for administration to demonstrate the value of child life or even to advocate for more staff.


 

Success Story

Having 20+ year experience as a CCLS, being a member of ACLP, access to a network of colleagues always willing to support, and being a part of the Data Committee for over 7 years I feel, has given me the strength and tools to be successful.   
 
Utilizing information from the CLDPC has helped me on this journey and I know will continue to do so. Recently, our CEO, asked me to present what services my department is currently providing and what are the opportunities for growth. In attendance would be various members of administration. 

I used this graph, staffing data from 2017, comparing ourselves to other free-standing academic hospitals with 100- 300 beds (thanks to the filtering capability). At the time I had 2 CCLS, which as you can see didn’t even compare to other facilities. My discussion focused on the endless possibilities we have for growth and how to improve the care we provide to our patients and families. We could be in the 50th (13.6 FTE) or better yet, why not the 75th (17.75FTE’s) percentile. Lots of questions were asked and I felt listened to and supported. Little did I know…

Four hours later I received a call and was told to hire another CCLS and that I would be able to hire another by the end of the year. I’m also seeking grant support from a local organization and utilizing data has been helpful.            

Rene Guilbeau
Rene Guilbeau, CCLS
Director, Child Life & Creative Therapies





 

Access to the Data Center

In order to access the Child Life Professional Data Center, you must have an ACLP login.

  • If you do not have a login, click here to create one.
  • When you click the button below, you will be prompted to log in (if you are not already logged in). From there you will be taken to a menu. Click on the "Visit the Data Center" button in the menu. 


 

Resources


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I enter data into the system?

There are several reasons you might not have the ability to enter data. If you are not the leader of clinical child life program, you likely do not have access to data entry. 

If you believe your program should be included or if you will be entering data on behalf of a clinical program leader, please contact us at datacenter@childlife.org and we'll be happy to assist you.

Why do I see only some data?

  1. If you do not work at a clinical child life program, you will be able to see industry-level data only.
  2. If you work at a child life program but your program did not enter the minimum amount of annual and/or quarterly data, you will see limited data and reports.
  3. If you work at a child life program but your program does not have a current benchmarking subscription, you will see limited data and reports. You can update your benchmarking subscription in the ACLP Store.

How do we track our quarterly data?

Different data tracking methods will work for different programs. Program leaders are encouraged to engage their staff in discussions about what is realistic and doable for them. That said, the Benchmarking Subcommittee has developed a few sample data collection tools that can be adapted for use at the program level.

Resources