Britany Orlebeke

Senior Researcher

Britany Orlebeke is a Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall and a senior staff member of the Center for State Child Welfare Data, housed at Chapin Hall. Orlebeke is one of Chapin Hall’s experts on experimental research design, evaluation, cost analysis, and analytics education. She has extensive experience developing longitudinal outcomes frameworks for child welfare agencies across the country. She serves as one of the lead researchers on the 5-year evaluation of Colorado and Pennsylvania’s federal Title IV-E waivers. Orlebeke is leading a project with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to create a longitudinal resource for understanding foster homes. Orlebeke works as part of a team of Chapin Hall researchers leading the Tennessee Accountability Center, an independent entity whose mission is to report on how well the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is meeting its obligations to children placed in foster care. Orlebeke also contributes to an evaluation of the use of therapeutic foster care and its relationship to the use and cost of Medicaid services.

Recently, Orlebeke was the Principal Investigator for a 4-year evaluation of a program of training and supervision for attorneys representing children in child welfare proceedings. In the last several years, she has worked with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, the New York State Office of Court Administration, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. In 2007, Orlebeke designed the Center for State Child Welfare Data’s course on advanced analytics for child welfare policymakers. That curriculum has been used as the foundation of the Center’s now-extensive analytics education program.

Orlebeke has a Master of Public Policy from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College.

Master of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Bachelor of Arts, Bryn Mawr College

Orlebeke, B. (2017, January). Examining the relationship among juvenile dependency court processes, decision-making, and child welfare outcomes. Presentation at 21st Annual Society for Social Work Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Panelist, Opening Plenary, “Children’s Justice: How to improve legal representation of children in the child welfare system,” National Association of Counsel for Children, 39th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference, August 12-14, 2016, Philadelphia, PA.

Orlebeke, B. (2016, August). The bird’s eye view: Let’s talk measurement and evaluation in the age of “metrics” and “outcomes.” Presentation at the National Association of Counsel for Children, 39th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Orlebeke, B., & Zinn, A. (2015, August). An empirical profile of children’s lawyers in two states and implications for practice. Presentation at the National Association of Counsel for Children, 38th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference, Monterey, CA.

Orlebeke, B., & Haight, J. (2009, July). Teaching social services administrators a coherent framework for analyzing program outcomes: The story of advanced analytics. Presentation at the 49th Annual Workshop, National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics, Albany, NY.

Orlebeke, B., & Haight, J. (2008, August). It’s a two-way street: Producing and using information to improve social service outcomes. Presentation at the 48th Annual Workshop, National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics, Nashville, TN.

Orlebeke, B. (2007, November). Fiscal impact of the Ohio Title IV-E Waiver. Presentation at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Conference, Washington, DC.

Orlebeke, B. (2007, June). Making the child welfare system work for older youth. Presentation at Thursday’s Child Symposium, Urban Institute, Washington, DC.

Orlebeke, B., & Wulczyn, F. (2005, August). Measuring differences in foster care outcomes across multiple child welfare jurisdictions. Presentation at the 45th Annual Workshop, National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics, Madison, WI.

Orlebeke, B., & Martinez, N. (2001, August). Linking finance and permanency in child welfare service delivery: ACS Safe and Timely Adoptions and Reunifications (STAR) program. Presentation at the 41st Annual Workshop, National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics, Baltimore, MD.

Orlebeke, B., & Wulczyn, F. (1999, August). Performance monitoring for a panel of contract providers of out-of-home care services. Presentation at the 39th Annual Workshop, National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics, Cleveland, OH.

Orlebeke, B., & Wulczyn, F. (1998, July). Managed care and child welfare services. Presentation at the 38th Annual Workshop, National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics, Chicago, IL.

Zinn, A., & Orlebeke, B. (2017). The nature and determinants of child representation practice in child welfare cases. Family Court Review, 55(2), 273-291.

Orlebeke, B., & Zhou, X. (2016). Fiscal analysis. In Human Services Research Institute, Final comprehensive report: 2010-2015 Evaluation of Ohio’s Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project, Protect Ohio. Cambridge, MA: Human Services Research Institute.

Orlebeke, B., Zhou, X., Skyles, A., & Zinn, A. (2016). Profile of lawyers representing children. In D. Duquette (Ed.), Children’s justice: How to improve legal representation of children in the child welfare system (pp. 123-144). Chicago, IL: American Bar Association.

Zinn, A., Orlebeke, B., Duquette, D., & Zhou, X. (2016). The organization of child representation services in child welfare cases: A study of Washington State. Family Court Review, 54(3), 364-381.

Orlebeke, B., Zinn, A., Duquette, D., & Zhou, X. (2015). Characteristics of attorneys representing children in child welfare cases. Family Law Quarterly, 49(3), 477-507.

Orlebeke, B., & Wallerstein, L. (2010). Fiscal analysis. In Human Services Research Institute, Final comprehensive report: 2004-2009 Evaluation of Ohio’s Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project, Protect Ohio. Cambridge, MA: Human Services Research Institute.

Wulczyn, F., Chen, L., & Orlebeke, B. (2009). Evaluating contract agency performance in achieving reunification. Children and Youth Services Review, 31(5), 506-512.

Orlebeke, B., & Witek, J. (2003). Fiscal analysis. In Human Services Research Institute, Final comprehensive report: 1997-2002 Evaluation of Ohio’s Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project, Protect Ohio. Cambridge, MA: Human Services Research Institute.

Wulczyn, F., Orlebeke, B., & Melamid, E. (2000). Measuring contract agency performance with administrative data. Child Welfare, 79(5), 457-474.

Wulczyn, F., & Orlebeke, B. (2000). Fiscal reform and managed care in child welfare services. Policy and Practice of Public Human Services, 58(3), 26-32.