Laura Packard Tucker


Laura Packard Tucker is a Researcher at Chapin Hall. In her current research work, she applies quantitative and qualitative research methods to policy research in the field of child welfare. She examines and analyzes longitudinal data to understand and monitor states’ child welfare outcomes, analyzes child welfare policy fiscal effects, and develops administrative data to support program evaluation in a continuous quality improvement framework. Packard Tucker is serving as a key researcher in a local evaluation of the Alameda County Youth Transitions Partnership and on the Colorado and Pennsylvania federal Title IV-E Waiver evaluations. In the Alameda County Youth Transitions Partnership evaluation, a collaborative effort of public agencies and community-based organizations, Packard Tucker developed a database and metrics to track longitudinal participant progress. She conducts qualitative assessments of program implementation and manages a data-driven monthly continuous quality improvement (CQI) process with evaluation and program partners. As part of the Title IV-E Waiver evaluations, she conducts elements of their child welfare outcome and cost studies. Cost study work includes investigating aggregate child welfare expenditures and revenues to determine whether there is a change in child welfare expenditure patterns subsequent to the waiver-related system interventions and fiscal stimulus. In addition to her research activities, she is an instructor for Chapin Hall’s Center for State Child Welfare Data’s long-running Advanced Analytics for Child Welfare Administration seminar.

Previously, as the Business Systems Administrator at Chapin Hall, Packard Tucker implemented new administrative business systems through conducting preliminary systems analysis, mapping and planning the integration of data across systems, developing project management reports, and conducting end user training.

Packard Tucker holds a Master of Science in Financial Analysis from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Alfred University.

Master of Science in Financial Analysis, Portland State University

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, Alfred University

Packard Tucker, L., & Rauktis, M. E. (2018, March). Evaluating Child Welfare Practice Model Fidelity and Supporting Practice and System Change Through Assessment: Pennsylvania’s Waiver Experience with the CANS, FAST, and SPANS. Presented at the Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL.

Orlebeke, B., & Packard Tucker, L. (2016). Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare Demonstration Project: Interim evaluation report—Outcome evaluation and fiscal evaluation. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.

Orlebeke, B., & Packard Tucker, L. (2016). Cost study. In Human Services Research Institute, Colorado Title IV-E interim evaluation report. Tualatin, OR: Human Services Research Institute.