Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

Here you will find all of CURL's research projects and publications. 

Bethel New Life Evaluation - Phases 1 and 2

(Phase One:  05/1998-06/1999;  Phase Two: 03/2000-09/2001)

This research documented the indicators of community change in a disadvantaged community on Chicago's West Side. The evaluation helped determine the impact of a community-based organization's programs on the quality of life in the community. This project was funded, in part, by a grant to Bethel New Life from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

A final report of the 1st phase was entitled "Documenting the Process and Impact of Bethel New Life's Community Development Efforts in West Garfield Park"  and was completed 6/99.  Along with extensive staff training, a report was completed at the end of the 2nd phase.  It was entitled "Implementing an Outcomes Framework in Community Based Organizations: A Self-Directed Guide."

Research Team

  • L. Von Dreele, CURL
  • D. Kruger, Graduate Fellow, Psychology
  • L. Rodriquez, Graduate Fellow, CORD
  • Y. Suarez-Balcazar, Psychology, Loyola University
  • R. Block, Sociology, Loyola University
  • Anita Jayaraj, Bethel New Life
  • Mary Nelson, Bethel New Life

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