Impact Assessment, Program Evaluation, Food Access, City and Regional Planning, Affordable Housing, Real Estate
Ms. Schmitt uses quantitative and qualitative analysis to help clients assess their impact, evaluate their programming, and clarify their policy goals for Reinvestment Fund. She is currently working on a national study supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to understand the different ways museums and libraries contribute to the quality of life in their local communities, an analysis of minority homeownership in Pennsylvania, and a Market Value Analysis of St. Louis, Missouri.
Prior to joining Reinvestment Fund, Ms. Schmitt was an analyst at several place-based research organizations including The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative, Temple University’s Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project and the Center City District. She got her start working with local government data at the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Records and Department of Revenue. Ms. Schmitt has a bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a master’s degree in geography and urban studies from Temple University.
Reinvestment Fund conducted analysis of Philadelphia Municipal Court records for debt collection cases that were filed in Small Claims court between January 2016 and April 2020. In total, 90,809 case records were obtained for analysis.
In 2019 Policy Solutions partnered with Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to conduct a study of historical patterns of homeownership rates for different racial/ethnic groups throughout the 21st century. The study findings highlight the ongoing persistence of gaps in White and non-White homeownership throughout Pennsylvania.
Across the country, 17.3 million rural U.S. residents lack equitable access to supermarkets. Reinvestment Fund’s new Rural Food Access Investment Area (RFAIA) analysis, uses 2012-2106 Census data to determine 11.3 million underserved rural residents live in areas that could support new or expanded food retail options. Despite the need for improved access to fresh and healthy foods in rural areas, many analyses of food access—and many investments to improve food access—have focused on urban areas.
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