Kim Hoyt is a senior research associate in the Center for State and Local Finance of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. In this role, she directs the Kenny A. v. Deal Consent Decree Monitoring Project, which examines the compliance of Fulton and DeKalb County’s Departments of Family and Children Services with the terms of a federal consent decree. In this role, she oversees data collection, management and analysis. Her research interests include child welfare, social service system reform, program and economic evaluations of social services, and professional development of minorities in academia. Her research has been published in journals such as Research on Social Work Practice, Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and Journal of Public Child Welfare. She earned a doctorate in social work from the University of Georgia, a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from Georgia State University, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kennesaw State University.