Florie Schmits

Project Coordinator, Center for State Child Welfare Data

Florie Schmits is the Project Coordinator for the Center for State Child Welfare Data at Chapin Hall. The Data Center generates mission-critical knowledge for the field through research and educational programs. The experts use the data of the Multistate Foster Care Data Archive–a longitudinal archive containing the foster care records of approximately 3 million children nationwide–to help child welfare agencies inform policy and practice decisions to improve outcomes for children and families. Schmits works on the development, design, and implementation of the marketing and communications strategy for the Data Center. She communicates new research findings to a range of stakeholders and measures the effectiveness of the Data Center’s outreach and engagement activities. Schmits also supports the development of research proposals and publications and carries out quantitative data analysis using administrative data. As a project coordinator, she ensures the efficient operation of the Data Center’s research team.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Schmits built her career in a variety of roles and industries, but always incorporated her passion for research in each role. As a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, she taught research courses. As a communication and research coordinator at Ketchum Amsterdam, she conducted quantitative and qualitative research, trained co-workers on research and measurement methods, and established reporting processes to measure strategy effectiveness. Before she moved to the U.S., she worked at a Dutch national childcare organization, where she evaluated communication efforts and designed and conducted company-wide consumer insights research.

Schmits received her Master of Science in Policy, Communications, and Organization from the VU University Amsterdam and her Bachelor of Science in Communication Science from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Master of Science in Policy, Communications and Organization, VU University Amsterdam

Bachelor of Science in Communication Science, the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Wulczyn, F., Huhr, S., Schmits, F., & Wilkins, A. (2017). Understanding differences in how adolescents leave foster care. Chicago, IL: The Center for State Child Welfare Data, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Retrieved from https://fcda.chapinhall.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Chapin-Hall_Understanding-the-Differences-in-How-Adolescents-Leave-Foster-Care_12.26_DEF.pdf