Abby McConnell Bio photo Butler Institute for Families

Abby McConnell

Research Assistant

What I do

Abby was first introduced to social science methods and social work topics during her undergraduate work in sociology. Through a continuous cycle of research and practice, Abby strives to support programs and communities in gathering and analyzing relevant data and creating actionable plans to help achieve their goals. Abby’s work at Butler focuses on social science evaluation methods and collaboration to help evaluate capacity-building efforts for tribal child welfare professionals and constituency groups. Ultimately, Abby strives to help programs and systems work better for the people they serve by taking a trauma-informed, culturally responsive, strengths-based approach. In addition to work, Abby loves to practice capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art, cook new recipes and observe birds, bugs and other animals.


tribal child welfare