Jennifer Miller Haight

Policy Fellow

Jennifer Miller Haight is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and a senior staff member of the Center for State Child Welfare Data, which is housed at Chapin Hall. She is the local evaluator on a 5-year federally funded demonstration grant targeting child welfare-involved homeless families and of a 3-year federally funded demonstration grant targeting transition-aged youth. Other recent work has focused on assisting public child welfare agencies in the development and implementation of performance-based contracting initiatives. She is currently a member of the four-person monitoring team providing oversight and technical assistance to Georgia Department of Children and Family Services, while monitoring their compliance with Georgia Kenny A. v. Deal consent decree.

For nearly 20 years, Haight has worked with staff from public and private child welfare agencies in multiple jurisdictions to help them use their administrative data more effectively to understand the functioning of their child welfare systems, to conduct program evaluation, and to facilitate continuous program improvements. She is an instructor for Advanced Analytics for Child Welfare Administration, a 5-day course designed for child welfare managers who are focused on improving their use of administrative data evidence. She has codeveloped and delivered a series of similar courses through the Northern California Training Academy designed specifically for California counties. With her Data Center colleagues, she developed EDGE (Evidence-Driven Growth and Excellence), a 9-month program designed to promote child welfare managers’ skills in acquiring and using evidence in their planning and decision making. Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Haight was senior budget examiner for the New York Budget Division, where she was responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring the New York State Corrections Budget.

She received her Master of History from Binghamton University and her Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College.

Master of History, Binghamton University

Bachelor of Arts, Grinnell College

Selected Presentations:

Haight, J. (2018, May). Keynote address. Creating new partnerships for contracting excellence. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Annual Conference, Austin, TX.

Haight, J. (2018, March). Keynote address. CQI Statewide Conference for Child Welfare and Probation, Davis, CA.

Haight, J. (2017, November). Principles of big data practice and the science of implementation: Applications to housing policy in child welfare interventions. Presented at the APPAM Fall Research Conference, Chicago, IL.

Haight, J., & Lery, B. (2017, November) Big data principles for smaller agency CQI. Presented at the, 2017 Illinois CQI Conference, Champaign, IL.

Haight, J., & Rhodes, E. (2017, June). Using administrative data to improve a foster caregiver network. Presented at meeting of the International Society for Child Indicators, Montreal, Canada.

Haight, J., Rhodes, E., Lery, B., & Thompson, D. (2017, May). Implementation findings from a housing and child welfare cross-system collaboration. Presentation to the American Public Human Services Association Summit, Baltimore, MD.

Haight, J., Lery, B ., Feldman, S., & Alpert, A. (2017, January). Setting up for success: Principles of big data practice and the science of implementation. Presentation at the 21st Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

Haight, J. (2016, September). The role and use of cost effectiveness studies for child welfare decision making: The value of the cost calculator for children’s services for promoting systems change. Presentation at , European Scientific Association or Residential and Family Care (EUSARF) International Conference, Oviedo, Spain.

Farrell, A., Britner, P. A., Landsman, M., Lery, B, & Haight, J. (2016, September). Target, triage, & timing: Lessons in promoting well being in a housing & child welfare demonstration. Presentation at the 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Washington, DC.

Haight, J., & Webster, D. (2016, June) Integration of the Continuous Quality Improvement process: From A to Z. Presentation to the Partnerships for Well-Being Institute, Anaheim, CA.

Lery, B., Haight, J., & Fowler, P. (2016, June). Considering cross systems collaboration as an outcome:
Initial validation of a new framework applied to child welfare and supportive housing. Presentation at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Haight, J., Lery, B., Putnam-Hornstein, E., & Alpert, L. (2016, January). Cross-system coordination as a child welfare intervention. Panel discussion at the Society for Social Work and Research 20th Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Haight, J., & Feldman, S. (2015, January). The next generation: The relationship between child welfare and parenting for adolescents exiting foster care. Presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research 19th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Haight, J. (2014, May). Using data to match services to children, youth, and families in the child welfare system. Presentation at the 19th National Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect, New Orleans, LA.

Haight, J. (2013, August). Collaborating for system reform: A multidisciplinary leadership training institute. Roundtable presentation at the National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics, Chicago, IL.

University of California at Davis, Cooperative Extension, Award for Outstanding Service (June 2016; with Lily Alpert) and Daniel Webster): In recognition of our service to the Northern California Training Academy by way of child welfare training and education.

Lery, B., Haight, J., & Alpert, L. (2016). Four principles of big data practice for effective child welfare decision-making. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 10(4), 466-474. doi:10.1080/15548732.2016.1209149

Drefyus, S., Haight, J., Fiss, W., & Skidmore, E. (2014). Michigan child welfare performance based funding, final report. Issued by Michigan Child Welfare Performance Based Funding Task Force.

Haight, J. (2010). Performance-based contracting in Tennessee’s child welfare system. Chicago, IL: Foster Care Data Archive