Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

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

Immigration: Undocumented Students in Higher Education


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 UniversitySanta 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

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Evaluation of the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Chicago


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

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Evaluation of Chicago's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness


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. 

Initial Results 

Interim Results

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Final Results

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Evaluation of Catholic Charities' Homelessness Prevention Call Center


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

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Evaluation of Rebuilding Chicago Together-Metro Chicago's National Rebuilding Day Program


Using a collaborative approach, Rebuilding Together - Metro Chicago (RTMC) and CURL conducted a participatory process evaluation to examine the sustainable impact of programming on Chicago communities and participant homeowners. In addition to these outcome objectives, the evaluation included participant surveys with homeowners and volunteers that examined the goals and expectations, satisfaction levels, and programming best practices. This study, which focused primarily on National Rebuilding Day (NRD) sites in the City of Chicago, examined the impact of the NRD program in the years 2006, 2007, and 2008.  RTMC worked in Chicago’s westside neighborhood of Austin in 2006, while in 2007 and 2008, RTMC worked in the southside neighborhood of West Englewood.

Download Technical Report An Evaluation of Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago National Rebuilding Day

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Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network Court Watch Program

(2010 - Ongoing)

The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network trains volunteers for the Court Watch program at the Centralized Domestic Violence Courthouse in Cook County. CURL’s research team is assisting the Network by entering, organizing, and analyzing the data gathered by the court watch volunteers.

Download 2010 Report The Court Watch Report 2009-2010

Download 2012 Report The Court Watch Report 2010-2012

Download 2013 Report The Court Watch Report 2012-2013

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Analysis of Shelter Utilization by Victims of Domestic Violence


Funded by the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority Loyola researchers in collaboration with the City of Chicago Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence (MODV) studied the dynamics of shelter utilization and how it relates to the process of and readiness for change among women who are victims of domestic violence.

Download Report Analysis of Shelter Utilization by Victims of Domestic Violence Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis FINAL TECHNICAL REPORT 

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The Impact of an Urban Wal-Mart Store on Area Businesses: An Evaluation of One Chicago Neighborhood’s Experience


This study, conducted by CURL and University of Illinois Chicago, focuses on the Wal-Mart store that opened on the West Side of Chicago in September 2006.  The research team conducted a series of three surveys of retail businesses in an area within a four-mile radius of the Wal-Mart location at 4650 W. North Ave, Chicago IL 60639.  The surveys were administered in the summers of 2006 (before the Wal-Mart opening), 2007 and 2008.  The basic sample follows 306 enterprises 82 of which went out of business over the study period.  

In addition to surveying area businesses, the group also assessed other sources of data, including sales tax data from the Illinois Department of Revenue and employment data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Download Final Report The Impact of an Urban Wal-Mart Store on Area Businesses: An Evaluation of One Chicago Neighborhood’s Experience

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Status of Young Women and Girls in Illinois


CURL formed a partnership with Women and Girls’ Collective Action Network and Chicago Girls’ Coalition to conduct a secondary data analysis to determine how young women and girls are faring in Illinois.  This project aims to provide statistical evidence that will inform on the issues, needs, and solutions required to ensure the healthy development of all young women and girls in Illinois. 


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Home Health Agency Workforce Development


CURL helped evaluate Roseland Christian Health Ministries'(RCHM) development of a Home Health Agency to complement RCHM's existing Christian Community Health Center. This program created 70 new jobs for low income residents of Cook County, Illinois while serving the heath care needs of seniors living on the south side of Chicago and its adjacent south suburbs.

Download Final Report Final Evaluation of the Christian Community Health Center Home Health Agency and Workforce Development Program

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