Robert M. Goerge

Senior Fellow


Robert M. Goerge is a Chapin Hall Senior Research Fellow with more than 25 years of research focused on improving the available information on children and families, particularly those who require specialized services related to maltreatment, disability, poverty, or violence. Dr. Goerge developed Chapin Hall's Integrated Database on Child and Family Programs in Illinois, which links the administrative data on social service receipt, education, criminal and juvenile justice, employment, healthcare, and early childhood programs to provide a comprehensive picture of child and family use of publicly provided or financed service programs. His work provides high-quality information to policymakers to improve the programs serving children and their families. For example, he studies Illinois families' use of multiple service systems and how the use of these services varies by family characteristics and geographically.

He has been a Member of the Panel on Data and Methods for Measuring the Effects of Changes in Social Welfare Programs of the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Technical Work Group member of the National Study of Child Well-Being, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is the Principal Investigator of the Design Phase of the National Study of Child Care Supply and Demand. Dr. Goerge received his Ph.D. from the School of Social Service Administration of the University of Chicago. He is also co-founder of the International Society for Child Indicators.

Areas of Expertise
Child and family policy
Child welfare services
Social policy research
Longitudinal data analysis
Information technology in the human services
Management of public welfare agencies