Staff Spotlight: Meet Karthik Devarajan

West Michigan Partnership for Children’s Business Intelligence Analyst, Karthik Ragunaathan Devarajan, enjoys translating data to accessible formats to help WMPC leadership and partners make more informed decisions.

Karthik believes that data-driven decision-making is a key component for improving outcomes for children in Kent County’s foster care system.

“WMPC offers a family-like culture, unlike working in some corporate environments. At WMPC, it feels like my work is focused on community outcomes rather than individual performance.”

Learn more about Karthik:

Title at WMPC: Business Intelligence Analyst

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  1. What is your role at WMPC? What are your responsibilities in this role?
    I am WMPC’s first Business Intelligence Analyst. I work to develop end-to-end scalable analytical solutions with Tableau, predictive modeling, statistical analysis, and hypothesis testing to implement a Performance Based Funding Model. I work across the organization to ensure timely flow of business intelligence information

2. What is the most rewarding part about your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is applying ideas from data modeling to the child welfare field with the aim of making a positive impact in the community. I enjoy translating data to accessible formats so service delivery staff and leadership can make more informed decisions.

3. On the flip side, what is the most challenging part about your job?
Ensuring a high level of data quality is a challenge. I am responsible for validating and integrating data from several sources. However, I don’t have much control over data entry, but I hope my work can influence improvement efforts in this area.  

4. As a brand new start-up, what inspired you to want to work for WMPC?
One of the biggest benefits of working in a startup is the ability to take responsibility and support the development of a data-driven culture. We believe that data-driven decision making is a key component for improving outcomes for children in Kent County’s foster care system.

5. What is one thing you wish people knew about foster care?
Foster care is not just giving kids accommodation. Foster care is a challenging field that involves many policies and procedures, lots of information, and lots of different approaches that need to align in order to provide stability for children.

6. How has your position at WMPC and your experience in the nonprofit industry changed your perspective?
WMPC offers a family-like culture, unlike working in some corporate environments. At WMPC, it feels like my work is focused on community outcomes rather than individual performance.

7. What is your hope for WMPC and the Kent County foster care system?  
I hope WMPC’s performance-based model will inspire other counties to think creatively about their foster care models. I also hope that our model will be considered by other counties and spread across the state if the pilot is successful.

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