Miranda Lynch

Policy Fellow

Miranda Lynch is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Lynch provides strategic guidance and capacity building to child welfare agencies in large-scale system reform initiatives geared toward improving child outcomes in safety, permanency, and well-being. Lynch works directly with public and private decision makers in developing and implementing feasible action plans with an emphasis on the use of evidence in decision making, the application of implementation science principles within system change efforts, and aligning policy with the jurisdiction’s strategic direction. Lynch is currently partnered with several jurisdictions to enhance their continuous quality improvement processes and design aligned program improvement plans and measurement processes that correspond with the Child and Family Services Reviews. Lynch also works with jurisdictions to use evidence to assess, expand, and align their services with child and family needs, and align their policy and workforce consistently with a strategic direction.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Lynch served for 20 years in the federal government at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In her role as the Team Leader in the Children’s Bureau, Lynch was responsible for instituting important improvements in the Child and Family Service Review process, guiding the Children’s Bureau’s monitoring of all states’ child welfare programs against a set of national standards for outcomes and practice, negotiating and supporting the implementation of state program improvement plans, and establishing a federal framework for states to institute or strengthen continuous quality improvement systems. In her role as the lead policy specialist, Lynch developed and analyzed federal and state legislation, regulations, and policy related to child welfare, human services, and health care.

Lynch holds a Master of Science in Public Policy from Rutgers University.

Master of Science in Public Policy, Rutgers University

Rogers, Y., Thomas, K., Lynch, M., Anderson, C., & Cooper, K. (2018, April). 21st century strategies for outcomes driven continuous quality improvement. Presented at the 2018 Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) conference, Washington, DC.