Scott Huhr

Senior Researcher

Scott Huhr is a Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Huhr is interested in applying quantitative tools to various child welfare, education, and other social policy areas. Huhr’s current work includes measuring public and private child agency performances, analyzing the impacts of government policies and intervention programs, and constructing various complex prediction models and metrics, including placement stability and permanency predictions.

Previously, Huhr conducted trajectory analysis on placement, recurrence, and postdischarge maltreatment of children placed in foster care; analyzed Medicaid spending trajectories; measured different public policy impacts on adoptions using multistate data and identified differential impacts based on different time spans; and evaluated the impacts of the Keep program and Child Success New York City. Prior to joining Chapin Hall, as the Lead Researcher at the Chicago Board of Education, Huhr constructed Rasch measures for parent surveys and built numerous metrics and prediction models, including Student Gunshot Victim Prediction, Early Grades On-Track Prediction, AP and College Enrollment On-Track Prediction, Elementary On-Track Metric, School Safety Value-Added Metric, and School and Teacher Value-Added Metric.

Huhr holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago and is a CPS Value-Added technical advisory board member.

Master of Public Policy, the University of Chicago

Wulczyn, F., Huhr, S., Schmits, F., & Wilkins, A. (2017). Understanding differences in how adolescents leave foster care. Chicago, IL: The Center for State Child Welfare Data, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Available at

Wulcyzn, F., Vesneski, W., Huhr, S., Monahan-Price, K., & Martinez, Z. (2016). The value-added impact of fast-track adoption policy on adoption rates. Global Social Welfare: Research, Policy, & Practice, 3(2), 97-106.

Wulczyn, F., Alpert, L., Monahan-Price, K., Huhr, S., Palinkas, L. A., & Pinsoneault, L. (2015). Research evidence use in the child welfare system. Child Welfare, 94(2), 141-165.

Huhr, S. (2015). Provider impact on placement outcomes. Chicago, IL: The Center for State Child Welfare Data, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Available at

Huhr, S., & Wulczyn, F. (2014). Maintaining safety: Trajectory analysis on placement and re-abuse. In Human Services Research Institute, ProtectOHIO: Interim Evaluation Report of Ohio’s Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project (pp. 161-171). Cambridge, MA: Human Services Research Institute.