Charlotte Goodell

Policy Analyst

Charlotte (Halbert) Goodell is a Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. In her role, Goodell provides capacity building expertise to Chapin Hall’s work with state government and child welfare agencies implementing system transformation initiatives. Goodell specializes in continuous quality improvement (CQI) and project management. Her work centers on strengthening case review practices and qualitative research methods for CQI activities, providing quality assurance support for Child and Family Services Reviews, and fostering learning cultures within programs and across jurisdictions. To this end, Goodell is experienced in developing dissemination products and visuals to summarize performance data and facilitate understanding of complex policies to inform strategic decision making. In addition, Goodell focuses on implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act and related initiatives—including a statewide kinship and adoption navigator model—within several jurisdictions to improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children, youth, and families. Goodell’s contributions include project planning, CQI implementation and tool design, Child and Family Services Review capacity building, and policy research and analysis. She is especially interested in broader stakeholder engagement in CQI activities for programs designed to build stronger, healthier communities and improve well-being for youth and families.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Goodell built experience in nonprofit development, programming, and organizational capacity. Goodell has organized grassroots fundraising campaigns and outreach, developed stakeholder engagement tools, and drafted large-scale grant proposals and reports to support a variety of human and social service missions, both domestically and abroad.

Goodell holds a Master of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from the University of Virginia.

Master of Public Policy, University of Virginia

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French, University of Virginia

Halbert, C., Gore, K., Scrimenti, T., and Amaro-Gomez, I. (2021, October). Building the plane and flying out: The start of a CQI journey [Conference presentation]. CQI is for Everyone: Illinois CQI Community Conference, Chicago, IL.

Thomas, K., & Halbert, C. (2021). Transforming child welfare: Prioritizing prevention, racial equity, and advancing child and family well-being. National Council on Family Relations Policy Brief.