Allison Hyra, Ph.D., is a researcher, evaluator, and technical assistance (TA) provider with more than 16 years of experience. She focuses on multisystemic approaches to improving the well-being of American children, families, and adults. Her work spans child welfare, domestic violence, parenting, adolescent pregnancy prevention, noncustodial parents, workforce systems, education, community colleges, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
As a senior fellow at Insight, Dr. Hyra leads evaluation TA for the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), including their seminal Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation. She also supports OPRE’s innovative REFRAME project, which will develop evidence-based recommendations for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood programs to provide culturally relevant, strengths-based services to Black fathers, mothers, couples, families, and youth. Dr. Hyra also directs studies for a project with the Department of Labor to promote better understanding of various programmatic data sources.
Dr. Hyra holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in sociology and women’s studies from Cornell University. Earlier, she worked at Abt Associates, ICF, and the Lewin Group and as an independent consultant. She recently completed her term as a member of the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families’ Technical Working Group on Fatherhood, Family Structure, and Family Dynamics.