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John D. Fluke Ph.D.

Associate Director for Systems Research and Evaluation


​Beginning July 2012 John Fluke was appointed to the research faculty and is an Associate Director at the Kempe Center for the Prevention of Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Fluke has over 32 years of experience in social service delivery system research in the area of Child Welfare and Mental Health Services for children He is internationally recognized as a researcher specializing in assessing and analyzing decision making in human services delivery systems.  He is also active in the area of national child maltreatment data collection systems and analysis and has worked with data collection programs in the Balkans, Canada, Saudi Arabia, the US, and for UNICEF. He has conducted research and evaluation at all levels of government, in the private not-for-profit sector, and with national foundations and associations that includes work both in the U.S. and internationally. He is also known for his innovative and informative evaluation work in the areas of child maltreatment prevalence, child welfare administrative data analysis, workload and costing, and performance and outcome measurement for children and family services. 

As a research manager he has experience in directing research and evaluation projects focused on maltreatment surveillance data, children’s mental health, child protective service risk and safety assessment, expedited permanency, guardianship, family group decision making, trauma services, adoption, and screening.  The author or co-author of numerous scholarly publications, Dr. Fluke has presented papers at both national and international meetings and conferences. 

He is a Scholar in Residence at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, and status only faculty at the Factor—Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. He is co-chair of the Working Group on Child Maltreatment Data Collection for ISPCAN. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Decision Science from Union Institute and Universities, an MA in Anthropology from the Pennsylvania State University, and a BA in Mathematical Anthropology from the University of Northern Colorado.