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John Fluke, PhD

Inducted in 2023

Current Position

Dr. Fluke is Associate Director for Systems Research and Evaluation at the Kempe Center with joint appointments as a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Fluke’s research is focused on child protection decision-making and child maltreatment epidemiology. He is known internationally for his innovative and informative research and evaluation work in the areas of child welfare administrative data analysis, workload and costing, and performance and outcome measurement for children and family services. For the US government he has been PI or key staff for research and evaluation projects focused on improving the evidence base for various interventions with the US Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), and with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). He has also worked on projects sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Casey Family Services Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and program evaluation projects for governmental child welfare agencies including Colorado, New York City, Texas, Utah, and Washington. In the course of his career, he has headed research departments in NGO and for-profit organizations. He has participated in numerous internationally based efforts to improve the global capacity to understand the epidemiology of child maltreatment including work with Canadian, Balkan, EU, German, Norwegian, Netherlands, Saudi Arabian, and Unicef data sources. He is a board member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and board member of the European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care (EUSARF) and has been a recipient of a Fulbright specialist grant. He has served on numerous national and state advisory boards. He is an inducted Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 peer reviewed publications, as well as numerous book chapters, reports and presentations. He has co-edited two books National Systems of Child Protection through Springer Press and Decision Making and Judgement in Child Welfare and Protection: Theory, Research, and Practice through Oxford University Press.

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