Forrest Moore

Policy Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Forrest Moore is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall. With over 20 years’ experience serving youth and their families, Dr. Moore provides strategic guidance on research and evidence use to youth-servicing agencies across a multitude of issues, including the overrepresentation of children and young people of color (and their families) in public systems like child welfare and justice. Dr. Moore specializes in designing and implementing feasible action plans to improve delivery of and outcomes associated with youth development programming, especially those focused on highly vulnerable subgroups of youth and young adults. Specific interests include disconnected (opportunity) youth, homeless youth, and youth transitioning from experiences within child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Dr. Moore has extensive expertise working with public and private decision makers, especially in community-based agencies. His approach emphasizes the use of evidence in decision making and the application of implementation science principles within systems, program and practice change efforts.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Dr. Moore most recently was an independent consultant focused on research, strategic planning, and project management for multiple youth serving organizations like Surge Institute, My Brother’s Keeper, SGA Chicago, Philanthropic Executive Alliance, and others. Dr. Moore has also served as the Executive VP for America’s Promise Alliance. There, he conceptualized and developed a new knowledge management department, which was focused on creating and managing technical systems that improve the ability to effectively deliver resources and services. He represented the organization as the Education liaison to the U.S. Department of Education, acting as a thought leader and advisor to the partnership on education-related issues. Dr. Moore also cocreated the Research and Practice Summit, a partnership between the Center for Promise and Stanford University, where he developed the agenda for the alliance, with the goal of enabling effective research and community practices.

Dr. Moore has a Ph.D. in Research Methodology from Loyola University in Chicago and a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from the Knoy School of Technology at Purdue University.