Ying-Ying Yuan has had a 36-year career in child welfare program planning, implementation, and evaluation, and recently retired from a position as executive consultant at WRMA, a Trimetrix company. During her career at Walter R. McDonald & Associates and WRMA, Ying-Ying directed and managed technical teams including evaluators, policy experts, data analysts, and information system technologists. She has been the principal investigator of several multisite, multiyear evaluations of innovative programs to improve the wellbeing of children and families. Her primary area of subject matter expertise is in the policies and practices of state and local social service agencies serving children and adults who have been maltreated or are at risk of being maltreated.
Ying-Ying is well known for her leadership of technical teams that initiated the collection of national data on child abuse and on elder abuse. For several years she led the technical team for the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). She received an ACF Contractor of the Year Award for this work. As the Co-Director of a project to design, develop, and pilot a reporting system to collect data on adult protective services, her leadership helped establish the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS), which was launched by the Administration on Community Living in 2016.
Ying-Ying currently provides strategic technical and management consulting services in areas related to outcomes and performance measurement, integration of data content across systems, and organizational capacity development. She is considered an expert in consensus building among diverse audiences, interpreting and communicating data for policy and management leaders, and planning complex, multiyear evaluation and data management efforts. She has often been a guest speaker or presenter at professional conferences. She received her doctorate in social relations from Harvard University.