Bridgette Lery is a principal research associate in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population. Her research focuses on child welfare and other human services, including administrative data systems, performance measurement, capacity building and evidence use in the workforce, program implementation, and evaluation. Her current and upcoming work includes leading a national Evidence Building Academy to develop the capacity of public child-welfare agencies to conduct rigorous program evaluations, evaluating Allegheny County, Pennsylvania’s Hello Baby home visiting program, evaluating a family resource center intervention in San Francisco, evaluating housing programs for youth aging out of foster care, and providing continuous quality improvement technical assistance to state and local child welfare agencies.
Lery resides in San Francisco, where she worked in local government directing research and evaluation for the San Francisco Human Services Agency. Key projects included coleading the design, implementation, and evaluation of a federal demonstration project testing a supportive housing program for homeless, child-welfare-involved families; local planning and evaluation of interventions implemented under California’s Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration; and coleading a federally funded university partnership to train graduate students in the use of evidence for better decisionmaking. Before that, Lery conducted child welfare research at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.
Lery holds BA in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an MSW from Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare.