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Brett Theodos

Senior Research Associate

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Brett Theodos is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. His expertise is in program evaluation and performance measurement of interventions supporting vulnerable communities and families, focusing on economic/community development, neighborhood change, affordable housing, financial services, and youth support programs. Examples of his economic and community development research include evaluations of the New Markets Tax Credit program, four Small Business Administration loan and investment programs, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 108 program, and the department's Strong Cities, Strong Communities National Resource Network.

Theodos has conducted several research studies of neighborhood change, including examining the importance of residential mobility. He is currently directing an impact evaluation of nine “shared equity” homeownership programs, and another study of down payment assistance programs. In the financial services space, he is researching the geography of debt in America. He led a study exploring the use of high-cost tax refund products. He is conducting randomized controlled trial impact evaluations of two financial coaching programs and another study assessing the benefits of providing consumers “rules of thumb” for use in decisionmaking. Theodos is also working to grow nonprofit capacity in evaluation and performance measurement. He directs Measure4Change, an initiative sponsored by the World Bank, which provides technical assistance to local nonprofits. Related to this work, he is leading randomized controlled trial evaluations of two locally based youth workforce and education preparedness programs.

Theodos received his BA from Northwestern University and his MPP from Georgetown University.

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