- Implementation science
- Training, technical assistance, and continuous quality improvement
- Quasi-experimental and experimental research
- Child welfare programs and policies
- Parenting programs
- Human Services
- Family Support
- Child Welfare
Jill Spielfogel’s research focuses on evaluating the implementation of evidence-based child welfare and family support programs and policies. A mixed-methods researcher, she has expertise in evaluating program and policy impact on families and human service agencies. Spielfogel has worked extensively on key foster care issues, including placement stability, family permanency, and the reduction of length of stay in care for foster children. A social worker by training, she has worked with families in multiple service contexts, including schools and courts.
Spielfogel, who came to Mathematica in 2018, has contributed to numerous child welfare projects. Currently, she is working on a pilot project for the Administration for Children and Families, which aims to strengthen engagement of fathers and paternal relatives with children at six child welfare departments in the United States. She is also working with the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation to provide technical assistance to states implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act. Previously, she coordinated a National Institute of Mental Health study, which tested the effects of evidence-based practices to improve the mental health of children in foster care.
Spielfogel’s research has been published in Child Abuse & Neglect, Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, Children and Youth Services Review, Journal of Family Issues, and more. She holds a Ph.D. in social service administration from the University of Chicago and a M.S.W. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.