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Bridgette Lery
Senior Fellow
Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
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  • Bridgette Lery is a senior fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. 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 work includes leading a mixed-methods study of the connection between economic hardship and child welfare system involvement in New York City, providing continuous quality improvement technical assistance to state and local child welfare agencies, and leading several program evaluations, including a maltreatment prevention program in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; California’s guaranteed income pilot; a family resource center intervention in San Francisco; and legislation to address the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

    Lery resides in San Francisco, where she previously worked in local government directing research and evaluation for the San Francisco Human Services Agency. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz; an MSW from Columbia University; and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare.

    Research Areas
    Child welfare
    Children and youth
    Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
    Race and equity
    Social safety net
    Evidence-based policy capacity
    Kids in context
    Pay for success
    Social determinants of health
    Racial equity in education
    Community data use
    Child maltreatment and prevention
    Families with low incomes
    Financial stability
    Human trafficking
    Housing vouchers and mobility
    Neighborhood change
    Place-based initiatives

    Outside Affiliations
    CA Mental Health Services Outcomes and Accountability Committee
    Member of Research & Evaluation subcommittee
    Research to Policy Network

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