"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. "

Gloria Steinem

Learning Assessment Specialist

In October 2015, Ida Drury, MSW, joined the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. As a faculty member, Ida is involved with multiple projects that cultivate her interests and allow her continued growth as a practitioner, manager, instructor, and researcher. She serves multiple research projects, including those related to prevention of child maltreatment and networking for child advocacy. She is happily engaged in service on a national level with the Center for States. In this capacity, she leads a national constituency group on data, continuous quality improvement (CQI), and CFSR readiness. She also consults nationally related to CQI, Differential Response, and data interpretation and communication. Closer to home, she provides evaluation leadership for the Colorado Child Welfare Training System as the special projects manager.

Ida has more than fifteen years of experience in the human services field, most of which has been in a public child welfare setting. Prior to joining the Kempe Center, Ida was a research and data analyst for the Colorado Department of Human Services. Before that, she guided Colorado child welfare funding as the CAPTA administrator. This followed her proudest career accomplishment thus far: project director for the Colorado Consortium on Differential Response, where she led a five-county research and implementation project to create and evaluate a Differential Response system in Colorado that continues today. Her early career was on the front line in Minnesota as a child welfare caseworker and in Iowa as a vocational specialist for individuals diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness. In her trajectory through the administrative system, she is particularly talented at incorporating field experience into policy, programming, and funding decisions. Further, she has a knack for enlivening data to practitioners and stakeholders alike.

Ida received her bachelor of arts and social work at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She earned her master of social work at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She looks forward to defending her dissertation, focused on emotional labor, at the School of Public Affairs at University of Colorado Denver in 2018.


Ida.Drury@ucdenver.edu