Laura Hawkinson

January 26th, 2018 | by SRC

Laura leads the evaluation division at SRC and oversees all projects in the evaluation portfolio. She is responsible for ensuring that our evaluation work is of high quality, meets the needs of our clients and partners, and is aligned with our mission. Laura manages staff in our growing evaluation division, and also serves as principal investigator on evaluation projects. She has over 15 years of experience conducting applied research on early childhood programs and policies, and has methodological expertise in research design and quantitative analysis. Dedicated to improving outcomes for young children, she has conducted research and authored publications focused on quality rating and improvement systems, Head Start and Early Head Start, state prekindergarten, and child care subsidies. Laura began her career teaching toddlers living in homeless shelters. She previously served as a Principal Investigator, Project Director, co-PI, and lead analyst on a number of early childhood education projects at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and has held positions at the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and Mathematica Policy Research. Laura holds a Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and was an Institute for Education Sciences pre-doctoral fellow. She also holds an M.P.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Bard College.