Addressing the complex needs of children, families and communities requires effective working partnerships across sectors, systems, and programs. 

Chapin Hall has longstanding partnerships with policymakers, implementers, knowledge developers, and funders. Each of these partners plays a key role in building evidence-based solutions to address challenges that prevent children and families from reaching their full potentialWe aim for solutions that leverage strengths and assets among individuals, families, and communities. 

We partner with

Bryan Samuels with Representative Daniel Davis in office
Chapin Hall Executive Director Bryan Samuels (right) talking with U.S. Representative Daniel Davis.


Chapin Hall staff have substantial and diverse experience in crafting and implementing policy. We understand the environments that policymakers work in, and we know the steps to take from designing sound policy to defining effective practices and ensuring faithful enactment.  


We work with states to build system-wide improvements, develop systems to assess and track child and family needs, and help facilitate outcomes management for both public and private agencies. We work with community organizations that are striving to improve outcomes for children, and with cities that are working to better match services to family needs.  

Knowledge Developers

The University of Chicago and Chapin Hall operate a joint research fund that supports research partnerships between our two institutions. These projects are focused on new directions in policy and practice that promote the well-being of children, families, and communities. We partner with other institutions of higher education and research centers who share our commitment to policy-relevant research. 


Chapin Hall partners with funders to help organizations and agencies measure their outcomes and clarify their impacts. We work with funders on specific initiatives to improve child welfare systems, and on specific issues, such as ending youth homelessness.  

All of these partnerships make use of evidence-based practices and promote the use of data in decision making. These partnerships are key to achieving positive change for children and families.