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Talks at Twelve: Dana Weiner, Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Data-Driven Policy Making in Child Welfare
Dana Weiner, Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago

Thursday, April 20, 2017
12:00-1:00 PM
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

Dr. Weiner will address the challenges and opportunities associated with using data and research evidence to inform decision making in public policy.  Based on her extensive experience working within and around child welfare jurisdictions to innovate practice, align policy, and implement programs, her talk will identify key strategies for successfully incorporating new knowledge into service delivery in ways that are meaningful for leadership, staff, and (most importantly) the children and families served by these systems.  This discussion will include vivid examples of policy questions and the empirical answers that may guide innovation, as well as a discussion of the hazards and costs of uninformed policy decision making.

Dana Weiner is a policy fellow at the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, where she provides analytic consultation and policy guidance to child welfare jurisdictions across the country.  Dr. Weiner teaches Data for Policy Analysis and Management to master's students at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, and her research has focused on quantifying resource accessibility - analyzing the role of geospatial relationships in child welfare systems - and on evaluating the implementation of evidence-based models in child welfare and juvenile justice contexts.

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Botanic Gardens lot across the road from Beebe Hall. No registration or RSVP required except for groups of 5 or more. We ask that larger groups email Patty at letting us know of your plans to attend so that we can order enough lunch.

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