Kate Thomas is a research assistant in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, where she works on evaluations of supportive housing programs for child welfare–involved families and youth. Her work includes cleaning, merging, and analyzing administrative datasets, program data, and survey data to evaluate program impacts on family and child well-being. Thomas also contributes to project management, qualitative data collection and analysis, and literature reviews.
Thomas’s research focuses on leveraging technology and data to analyze social policy. Her past projects have used both quantitative and qualitative methods to study disparities in college access, metropolitan housing, and social vulnerability to natural and industrial disasters. Thomas graduated with honors and a distinction in research from Rice University, earning a BA in statistics and policy studies with a minor in sociology.