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Sierra Fischer

Sierra Fischer


Sierra Fischer joined NCCD as a full-time researcher in 2015 after interning here for two years as a student. Sierra’s work at NCCD focuses on collaborating with government agencies to conduct social services research to improve policy and practice that affect society’s most vulnerable populations. Her primary focus area is child welfare, but she also does research in the fields of juvenile justice and adult protective services. Sierra’s work spans the globe; she works on projects in multiple US states, Canada, Australia, and Singapore.

Prior to joining NCCD, Sierra held internships with the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) and in the Wisconsin State Assembly. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with majors in both political science and community and environmental sociology (with a concentration in analysis and research) and minors in global health and environmental studies. Through a select accelerated program at UW-Madison’s Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, Sierra earned both her undergraduate and Master of Public Affairs degrees in five years.  

Recent publications by Sierra:

Sierra Fischer and Phil Decter

Child protection agencies invest a significant amount of time and resources in deciding which programs, services, and tools to adopt in order to meet the needs of their clients. However, even the best programs won’t help agencies reach their goals of promoting children’s safety, permanency, and well-being if they are not implemented as intended and