Laura Packard Tucker is a senior research associate in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population. Her research focuses on issues related to child welfare, with an emphasis on fiscal analysis, program evaluations, and transition-age youth. Through her work at Urban, she is committed to improving the ways communities and government come together to support children, youth, and families. Before joining Urban, she was a researcher at Chapin Hall Center for Children, where she examined states’ child welfare outcomes, analyzed policy fiscal effects, and developed administrative data to support program implementation in a continuous quality improvement framework. Packard Tucker was also an instructor for Chapin Hall’s Center for State Child Welfare Data’s Advanced Analytics for Child Welfare Administration seminars. Packard Tucker holds an MS in financial analysis from Portland State University.