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., Cosgrove, J., Rose, R., & Huhr, S. (2022). Beyond Randomized Controlled Trials: Integrating Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Causal Inference with Observational Data. Presented at Society for Social Work and Research.

Huhr, S. (2021). Preventing Placement in Foster Care: Evidence from a Quasi-Experimental Design. Presented at Society for Social Work and Research.

Huhr, S., & Wulczyn, F. (2020). Placement Prevention in the Family First Context. Accepted at Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health.

Huhr, S., & Wulczyn, F. (2022). Do intensive in-home services prevent placement?: A case study of Youth Villages’ Intercept program. Children and Youth Services Review. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106294

Cosgrove, J., Rose, R., Lee, B., Huhr, S., & Wulczyn, F. (2022). Reducing confounding bias in non-experimental evaluation: An application of Empirical Bayes Residuals. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Chen, L., Wulczyn, F., & Huhr, S. (2022). Parental absence, early reading, and human capital formation for rural children in China. Journal of Community Psychology. doi: 10.1002/jcop.22786

Wulczyn, F., Parolini, A., & Huhr, S. (2020). Human capital and child protection: A research framework in the CRC context. Child Abuse & Neglect. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104610

Wulczyn, F., & Huhr, S. (2018). Human capital formation during childhood: Foundations of the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study. NSW Dept. of Family and Community Services, Ashfield, NSW.

Wulczyn, F., Collins, L., Chen, L., & Huhr, S. (2017). Statistical power, selection bias, and nonresponse correction. Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study: Outcomes of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care. Technical Report Number 5. Sydney, NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

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 https://fcda.chapinhall.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Chapin-Hall_Understanding-the-Differences-in-How-Adolescents-Leave-Foster-Care_12.26_DEF.pdf

Wulczyn, F., Vesneski, W., Huhr, S., Monahan-Price, K., Martinez, Z., Verhulst, C., & Weiss, A. (2016). The value added impact of adoption policy on adoption rates. Global Social Welfare, 3, 97-106. doi: 10.1007/s40609-016-0058-0

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), 141165. https://www.jstor.org/stable/48623522

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 https://fcda.chapinhall.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/wisc-tech-report_final.pdf

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.