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Brett Theodos

Brett Theodos



Senior Research Associate


Brett Theodos is a Senior Research Associate with the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. In that capacity, he has conducted several performance evaluations of government programs and independent research demonstrations. His expertise is in affordable housing, economic and community development, access to capital for low- individuals and businesses, and geographic mobility. Mr. Theodos is currently co-directing an evaluation of "shared equity" homeownership opportunities. He is researching financial outcomes for businesses and communities under the New Markets Tax Credit program. He completed a three year outcome and performance evaluation of four Small Business Administration programs. Additionally, Mr. Theodos has conducted several research studies of household mobility, including examining the relationship between mobility and neighborhood change.

Before joining the Urban Institute, Mr. Theodos was contracted by NeighborWorks America and the McAuley Institute to assist in designing the Success Measures Data System, a participatory internet-based management and evaluation system for not-for-profit groups. He received his MPP from Georgetown University and BA in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University.

Areas of expertise

Economic and community development; Affordable housing and housing policy; Residential mobility and neighborhood change; Asset building; Access to credit and financial services; Performance measurement.

Selected Publications from Brett Theodos

  • Who Needs Credit at Tax Time and Why: A Look at Refund Anticipation Loans and Refund Anticipation Checks
  • Evaluating Community and Economic Development Programs A Literature Review to Inform Evaluation of the New Markets Tax Credit Program
  • Relocating Vulnerable Public Housing Families Brief 5
  • Balancing Affordability and Opportunity: An Evaluation of Affordable Homeownership Programs with Long-term Affordability Controls
  • Family Mobility and Neighborhood Change New Evidence and Implications for Community Initiatives
  • Key Findings from the Evaluation of the Small Business Administration's Loan and Investment Programs
  • Publications by topic:
    Cities and Metropolitan Regions
    Mobility and Transportation
    Neighborhoods/Community Building
    Economic Development
    Asset Building
    Housing

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