Dana Weiner, Ph.D

Senior Policy Fellow

Chapin Hall


Dana Weiner, PhD, provides analytic consultation and policy guidance to child welfare jurisdictions across the country.  Dr. Weiner’s research focuses on building evidence for effective interventions, quantifying resource accessibility – analyzing the role of geospatial relationships in outcomes in child welfare systems – and on evaluating the implementation of evidence-based models in child welfare and juvenile justice contexts. In Illinois, she served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services and the Evaluation Liaison for the Permanency Innovations Initiative and continues to serve as Commissioner on the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission.   In her analytic consultation to child welfare jurisdictions, she uses predictive analytics, latent class analysis, and geospatial approaches to refine understanding of target population needs and distribution.