Laura Packard Tucker


Laura Packard Tucker is a Researcher at Chapin Hall, where she focuses on evaluating child welfare systems and programs to support vulnerable youth populations, including youth transitioning to adulthood and at-risk young children. 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 currently serves as a key researcher on a local evaluation of a 3-year federally funded demonstration grant targeting transition-aged youth, for which she conducts qualitative assessments of program implementation and manages a data-driven monthly continuous quality improvement (CQI) process with evaluation and program partners. She is also currently involved in evaluations of New York City’s residential care service array and Michigan’s performance-based child welfare system.

Previously, as part of several Title IV-E Waiver evaluations, Packard Tucker helped develop and conduct child welfare outcome and cost studies. Cost study work included investigating aggregate child welfare expenditures and revenues to determine whether there was 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.

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

Burwick, A., Davis, L., Houchin, C., Linas, C., Lindquist-Grantz, R., Packard Tucker, L., & Williams, T. (2019, August). Building evidence to prevent youth homelessness through program and evaluation partnerships: Experiences of Youth At-Risk of Homelessness grantees. Presentation at the National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit, Washington, DC.

Linas, C., Packard Tucker, L., Sumii, A, & Uldricks, J. (2019, August). Exploring and evaluating youth engagement from enrollment to graduation: Examples from the Alameda County Youth Transitions Partnership. Presentation at the National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit, Washington, DC.

Feldman, S., Forehand, G., & Packard Tucker, L. (2019, June). Fidelity, theories of change, and effective communication of waiver findings [Webinar]. Presentation as part of James Bell Associates’ Waiver Demonstration Peer Learning Session Series.

Everroad, J., Lery, B., Packard Tucker, L., & Stoltzfus, R. (2019, May). A public-private partnership for intentional program design and evidence informed practice in child welfare. Presentation at the American Public Human Services Association National Health and Human Services Summit, Arlington, VA.

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. Presentation at the Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL.

Rauktis, M. E., Perry, M., Packard Tucker, L., & Orlebeke, B.  (2018). Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare Demonstration Project: Final evaluation report. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.

Forehand, G., Schisler, A., Holmquist-Johnson, H., Winokur, M., Packard Tucker, L., & Orlebeke, B. (2018). Colorado Title IV-E Waiver Final Evaluation Report. Tualatin, OR: Human Services Research Institute.