Laura Packard Tucker

Researcher

Laura Packard Tucker is a Researcher at Chapin Hall dedicated to generating—and assisting child welfare systems in applying—rigorous evidence to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families. She applies quantitative and qualitative research methods to evaluation projects, with a focus on transition-age youth, fiscal studies, and system-level outcome analysis. In her current research portfolio, she examines and analyzes longitudinal data to understand and monitor states’ child welfare outcomes, analyzes policy fiscal effects, and develops administrative data to support program evaluation in a continuous quality improvement framework.

She recently completed a 4-year, federally-funded formative evaluation of the implementation and outcomes of Alameda County’s Youth Transitions Partnership—an intervention which targets youth in foster care at risk of homelessness—and continues to 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, fiscal implications of time use studies in California, and Michigan’s performance-based child welfare system. Previously, as part of several Title IV-E Waiver evaluations, Packard Tucker managed the development and execution of outcome and cost studies. 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 classes.

Previously, Packard Tucker utilized her fiscal and data analysis skillsets to manage and improve organizational data systems and business processes within Chapin Hall and Oregon Health and Science University’s Technology Transfer department.

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

Master of Science in Financial Analysis, Portland State University

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, Alfred University

Packard Tucker, L., Sumii, A, & Uldricks, J. (2020, March). The power of CQI collaboration: Leveraging the strengths of your partners in the CQI process – Examples from the Alameda County Youth Transitions Partnership. Presentation at the CQI Statewide Conference for Child Welfare and Probation, Davis, CA.

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.

Davis, L., & Packard Tucker, L. (2020). Using Continuous Quality Improvement to refine interventions for youth at risk of homelessness. (OPRE Report No. 2020-03). Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Packard Tucker, L., Dworsky, A., & Van Drunen, M. (2019). Formative Evaluation lessons learned: Evaluating the implementation of the Youth Transitions Partnership in Alameda County. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

Chibnall, S., Ryan, J., Packard Tucker, L., Eisen, K., Evans, M., Greene, A., . . . Williams, B. (2019). Evaluation of Michigan’s performance-based funding model: Second annual report. Rockville, MD: Westat.

Feldman, S., Packard Tucker, L., Schmits, F., Van Drunen, M., & Wulczyn, F. (2019) Strong Families New York City: Final Title IV-E Waiver evaluation report. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

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.

Rauktis, M. E., Perry, M., Packard Tucker, L., & Orlebeke, B.  (2016). Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare Demonstration Project: Interim 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. (2016). Colorado Title IV-E Waiver interim evaluation report. Tualatin, OR: Human Services Research Institute.