Molly (Mayer) Van Drunen


Molly Van Drunen is a Researcher at Chapin Hall. She uses mixed-methods approaches to evaluate systems that support children, families, and their communities. Her work focuses on child welfare systems, with particular emphasis on the use of longitudinal data to observe state child welfare outcomes, data use and interpretation in a continuous quality improvement context, and large-scale systems analysis.

Her work has included conducting interviews and focus groups, as well as designing and analyzing surveys for various stakeholders. She has also conducted literature reviews and developed protocols with team-based identification of best measurement practices to meet an agency or organization’s desired level of impact. In addition, she recently completed work on Chapin Hall’s Voices of Youth Count (VoYC), a national policy research initiative designed to explore the experiences of runaway and homeless youth. She analyzed the results from a survey administered to youth during the VoYC point-in-time count.

Van Drunen holds a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona.

Master of Arts in Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona

Dworsky, A., Morton, M., Matjasko, J., Mayer, M., Gitlow, E. (2017, November). Voices of Youth Count. Youth count and brief youth survey: Technical report. Paper presented at the 39th Annual APPAM Research Conference, Chicago, IL.