Joanna DeWolfe has 30 years of experience in applied social science research and evaluation of programs serving children and families. Her subject expertise includes child welfare, early childhood education, program implementation, evaluation of technical assistance programs, and implementation of cost studies. DeWolfe was a foster parent in Montgomery County, MD, for 6 years and served on the county’s Citizens Review Panel for Children.
At JBA, DeWolfe leads a cost study associated with the Cross-Center Evaluation of the Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative after serving as assistant project director for 8 years. She is a senior research associate on the Evaluation of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council Regional Partnership Grant project, which assesses program implementation and effectiveness of team decision making with families involved with child welfare because of substance use. DeWolfe is also the project manager for the Support for Ending Group Placement project, which focuses on developing and implementing solutions co-designed by community-based organizations and child welfare agencies to end nonclinical group placements. She is a subject matter expert for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Technical Assistance Resource Center, specializing in estimating the costs of home visiting programs, and the cost study lead for the Chosen Care 501 project.
Previously, DeWolfe was a senior research associate on the Cross-Site Evaluation of Child Welfare Implementation Centers and National Resource Centers; evaluator for the Cross-Site Evaluation of the Family Connection Discretionary Grants; and a site liaison for the Evaluation of the Title I, Part D, Neglected or Delinquent Programs.
DeWolfe joined JBA in 2008. She received an M.S. in family and community development from the University of Maryland.