Kelly Crane

Associate Policy Analyst

Kelly Crane is an Associate Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall. Crane has worked in the field of child welfare for nearly two decades. Crane works with state teams focusing on promoting improved outcomes for the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. Research activities include working with teams to conduct empirical, analytical, and conceptual studies on child, family, and neighborhood research. Topics of studies include child maltreatment prevention, home visiting programs, early childhood, family self-sufficiency, and foster care. Crane is proficient in project management and coordination, communication with external partners, aligning existing governance structures to promote effective communication, coaching and staff capacity building, data presentation and visualization, and preparation of reports and presentations.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Crane worked in policy analysis at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization. At NCSL, she provided on-site, customized facilitation and technical assistance to senior state policymakers addressing policy and systems reform issues related to child welfare. Crane’s tasks included developing, collecting, and translating state policy through testimony and reports; managing and facilitating national meetings, webinars, and briefings; and developing online and written content. She also brings experience in program development, program implementation, and evidence-based practices through her tenure at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, where she served as a Program Manager.

Crane holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College.

Master of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Business Administration, Saint Mary’s College

Crane, K. (2012, April). Differential response to child abuse and neglect: State legislative highlights. Presented at the Family Impact Seminar, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL.

Crane, K. (2012, May). Mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect: State legislative overview. Presented at National Conference of State Legislators webinar, Washington, DC.

Crane, K. (2010, March). Child ombudsman offices: National overview of structures and roles. Presented to the Colorado Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, Legislative Hearing, Denver, CO.