When it comes to improving the lives of our country's most vulnerable individuals and families, research too often falls short of making a tangible impact. At Urban, rigorous research shapes decisions and is translated into practical and evidence-based solutions, and I'm thrilled to be involved in the process.
Tyler Woods is a research analyst in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, where he contributes to research on low-income and vulnerable populations, the social safety net, and demographic change. His research interests include social stratification, social welfare policy, immigration, and families. While at Urban, Woods has been involved with several projects related to the social safety net, such as studies related to the Head Start Designation Renewal System, two-parent families’ access to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education programming for same-sex couples, and racial and ethnic disparities in human services. He has also conducted research on the children of immigrants, veteran families, women’s empowerment, and refugee integration. Woods is experienced in quantitative and qualitative research methods and project management. Woods graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors and distinction in research from Rice University, earning a BA in sociology with a minor in poverty, justice, and human capabilities.