Stephen Baker is a Researcher at Chapin Hall. His work concentrates on community-based and systemic service responses in youth education, and development. Dr. Baker was project director of a multi-year implementation and outcome evaluation of the Community Partnership for Protecting Children Initiative. He also served as project director for the multi-year evaluation of the Children, Youth and Families Initiative, a project for integrating developmental and specialized services in Chicago neighborhoods.
His most recent work has focused on school-centered youth- and community-development and systemic quality improvement systems for afterschool programs. He has served as an instructor for undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Chicago, including courses on the history of social welfare, data for management and analysis, and research and evaluation.
Prior to arriving at Chapin Hall, Dr. Baker worked as Director of the Habitat for Homeless Humanity Division, and Research Director at Habitat for Humanity International. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the School of Social Services Administration at the University of Chicago, where his dissertation focused on the decision-making processes of public child welfare caseworkers implementing family team meetings. He also holds a B.A. from Cornell University.
Areas of Expertise
- Qualitative research methods
- Mixed methods
- Service integration
- Afterschool program quality