Julie Atkins, M.A is a research associate at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. She brings 15 years of experience in research, evaluation, and the provision of technical assistance on issues affecting children, youth, and families. Ms Atkins has worked closely with executive leadership in state and tribal child welfare agencies, helping to enhance management, training, and data systems. Building organizational capacity through effective implementation and the use of data to improve outcomes is one of her focus areas. Ms Atkins worked with states and tribes across the country through the Northeast and Caribbean Child Welfare Implementation Center and the National Resource Center for Organizational Improvement, which are services of the Children’s Bureau, helping to enhance the capacity of their child welfare programs. She is currently a partner on the Capacity Building Center for Tribes, also a service of the Children’s Bureau, providing distance education to tribal child welfare agencies on how to improve outcomes through systems change. Ms Atkins received her MA in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine.