Dana Weiner, Ph.D.

Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago


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Dana Weiner, Ph.D., works to provide analytic consultation and policy guidance to child welfare jurisdictions across the country, including New York City, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and California, and in Illinois, she served for six years as Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services.  Dr. Weiner teaches Data for Policy Analysis and Management to Masters’ students at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration and has taught doctoral level courses in Research Methods and Statistics.

how do we know if it works


Tuesday, February 16, 2016


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Program


Dana Weiner, Ph.D., Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago


How Do We Know if It Works?

Dana Weiner, Ph.D., will present on program evaluation. Accountability and systems change both depend on effective measurement: of processes, outcomes, and the system drivers that facilitate or impede success.  In a social service context, understanding whether our investments are “paying off” requires that we think and plan from the outset for program evaluation that identifies key outcomes and metrics, clearly articulates Theories of Change, detects unintended consequences, and sets the stage for replicability, sustainability, and an in-depth understanding of why some strategies are effective and others are not.


Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Feinberg Pavilion
Third Floor
Conference Rooms B, C, D
251 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

(Parking Garage on Huron)

Ann E. Murray – Director

Philanthropy Director, Northwestern Memorial Foundation


Murray Ann (2)Ann is Philanthropy Director for Northwestern Memorial Foundation of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she has been for thirteen years. Ann served as the Director of Development for the Block Museum of Art and the Medill School of Journalism, both at Northwestern University, and Alumni and Development Director for The John Marshall Law School. Ann earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and graduate degree from Indiana University. She has served in leadership roles for and continues to be involved with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and Fourth Presbyterian Church.


George Nelson – Director

George Nelson has a background in marketing, communications, fundraising, business development and creative writing. He first became involved with the Corporate Responsibility Group in 2005 while an Associate Director of Corporate Relations at Northwestern University. He joined the board of CRG in 2009. George Nelson has worked with start-up companies, consulting on sales, communication and marketing positioning. Prior, he worked as a Proposal Manager with Anexsys (an e-Government solution provider, formerly a joint venture with JP Morgan Chase and U.S. Bank), and also in the business publishing field and printing and graphic arts sector, in business development and marketing roles. He earned his BA from Kenyon College in English Literature and a Masters of Science in Communication from Northwestern University (where he has served on the MSC steering committee). He is also involved with the Evanston Tennis Association, Chicago Dramatists Theatre and a soccer league.