Sam Shapiro is an Associate Researcher at Chapin Hall. His work focuses on providing decision-makers with tools to make evidence-informed policy. He currently contributes to the transformation and analysis of administrative data in support of multiple program evaluation projects for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, including an evaluation of a pilot program that provides wraparound services to youth who are dually involved in the foster care and justice systems.
Shapiro’s experience extends across initiatives in the public interest in local and international settings. Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Shapiro worked as a political data analyst for The Pivot Group, where he designed strategically targeted mailing lists. Before that, he worked at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, where he developed a text parser that transforms Illinois Statutes into a codified, machine-readable format to facilitate analysis of criminal charges data. Shapiro spent 4 years at Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem, where he launched and directed a student-led community engagement program. In this role, in association with Bard College, Shapiro contributed to the development of an international network of student civic engagement initiatives across the Middle East, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe.
Shapiro holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Bard College.
Master of Public Policy, University of Chicago
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Bard College