The Domestic Violence Outcome Project had a two-fold purpose: first, to identify the long-term outcomes and needs of those who receive services from domestic violence agencies, and second, to establish procedures for on-going evaluation within agencies. Working closely with 15 agencies that are members of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, the researchers developed a survey to evaluate services and identify client needs. The services evaluated included court advocacy (e.g., assistance from an advocate in obtaining an order of protection), legal services (assistance from a licensed attorney with divorce or other court proceedings), emergency shelter, and counseling.Read More
This chapter addresses the syndemic relationship between HIV/AIDS and homelessness or precarious housing. We focus nationally on the United States, and conclude with a case study from the city of Chicago. This chapter reviews a wide number of studies which demonstrate that homelessness or unstable housing greatly impacts the health and overall well-being of individuals living with HIV/AIDS.Read More
CURL and ONE Northside produced a paper examining two grassroots organizations' need to scale up size and influence to better address the more regional and nationwide business and government decision-making structures. This is the first report for the project.
Download Report Scaling Up to Increase Community-Based Organization Voice
This project funded by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) was a process and outcome evaluation of the Cook County State's Attorney's Deferred Prosecution Program.
The topics of evidence-based programming and diversion programming are areas of continued interest with the criminal justice system in Illinois. This evaluation assisted in guiding ICJIA policy and practices and was conducted by an interdisciplinary team from CURL, Criminology and Social Work at Loyola University Chicago.
Download Final Report An Evaluation of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office Deferred Prosecution Program
This report examined a security deposit assistance program in Milwaukee that uses the incentive to encourage low-income residents to move to higher opportunity, lower poverty neighborhoods. Funded by the Washington DC-based Poverty Race Research Action Council, CURL partnered with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council in completing this project.
In January 2015, the report was published in the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) Civil Rights Research journal. The report provides evidence that security deposit incentives do help in encouraging low-income families to move to new mixed-income communities providing greater educational, employment, and quality of life opportunities.
Download Final Report: Take a Chance on Me: A Review of the Milwaukee County Security Deposit Assistance Program
CURL Research faculty, Christine George, and former CURL Fellow, Jennifer Chernega, co-edited a special edition of the Journal of Poverty titled Housing the Homeless: Emerging Research on Programs and Policies. Within the issue they also published an article, “Works in Progress: Searching for Solutions to the Difficulty Problems of Homelessness.”
Download Journal Article: Works in Progress: Searching for Solutions to the Difficulty Problems of Homelessness
The project seeks to better understand challenges and obstacles faced by undocumented students at Jesuit universities and ways of eliminating those barriers. This project was done in collaboration with Fairfield University, Santa Clara University and Loyola University Chicago.
Download AJCU Presidents' Statement Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Presidents' Statement - January 2013
Download Executive Summary Immigrant Student National Position Paper Executive Summary
Download Final Report Immigrant Student National Position Paper Report on Findings
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) partnered with CURL to conduct a process evaluation of the Chicago 100,000 Homes Campaign, with a focus on outreach and housing coordination. Qualitative analysis consisted of observations, telephone and in person interviews, as well as, focus groups. Quantitative analysis consisted of analyzing participant data and administrative records. The evaluation is informing key stakeholders of Chicago’s homeless system in their efforts to develop a centralized housing placement system citywide.
Download Executive Summary Evaluation of the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Chicago Final Report – Executive Summary
Download Final Report Evaluation of the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Chicago Final Report
Download Quantitative Data Report Evaluation of the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Chicago Final Quantitative Data Report
Working with various social service agencies that provide homelessness services, the research team evaluated the programs and models that have been put into place under the Chicago 10 year Plan to end Homelessness and provide data to make necessary mid-course corrections and improve implementation going forward. The four key components of the project are a qualitative study of homeless clients, a longitudinal client survey, a homeless service agency survey, and a service inventory.
- Download Qualitative Report Reports from Qualitative Research components conducted summer 2009 for the Evaluation of Chicago‘s Plan to End Homelessness October 2010
- Download Quantitative Report First Wave Survey Results: A Preliminary Evaluation of Chicago’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness
Download Provider Survey Report Provider Survey Results: A Preliminary Evaluation of Chicago’s Plan to End Homelessness
- Download PowerPoint Presentation Appraising Chicago's Homeless Policy: Interviews with Chicago's Homeless Population
- Download Final Client Survey Report Final Wave Survey Results:A Preliminary Evaluation of Chicago’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness
- Download Final Youth Report Evaluation of Chicago’s Plan to End Homelessness: Youth Component
- Download Final PowerPoint Presentation Evaluation of Chicago’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness
- Download Youth Component PowerPoint Presentation Evaluation of Chicago’s Plan to End Homelessness --Youth Component
- Download Youth Component and Community Planning PowerPoint Presentation Using Homeless Youth Evaluation Findings in Community Planning
CURL and Catholic Charities’ research team conducted a process evaluation of the Catholic Charities Homelessness Prevention Call Center’s daily operations, the experience of callers through the Call Center system, the efficiency level of Call Center policies, and system best practices. This evaluation will inform future Call Center planning and programming. Community partners include the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness and the Chicago Continuum of Care along with the City of Chicago’s 311 service.
Download Full Report Evaluation of the Homelessness Prevention Call Center
Download Summary Report Evaluation of the Homelessness Prevention Call Center
Dowload PowerPoint Presentation Evaluation of the Homelessness Prevention Call Center