Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

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

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

(2010)

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

(2010)

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

(2009)

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

(2009)

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

(2009)

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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Formative Evaluation of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Treatment Coordinator Pilot Program

(2009)

CURL conducted a formative evaluation of the of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s (AFC) Treatment Coordinator pilot project. This project occurred in two phases.  For the first phase of the project, AFC integrated a new treatment coordinator position into seven pilot agencies. The goal of the position was to create a seamlessly coordinated HIV/AIDS system integrating case management and clinical services, leading to improved individual level indicators and quality of life for clients.  We based our conclusions and recommendations for this phase on a variety of data sources including field observations, site visits, interviews, and one focus group. 

Download Final Report Formative Evaluation of The AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Treatment Coordinator Pilot Program

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Young Women's Action Team

(2008)

CURL conducted an evaluation of Girl Leadership U (GLU), a series of six sessions hosted by Young Women’s Action Team (YWAT) in which emerging young women leaders develop skills that can be utilized in efforts to take action and create social change. The evaluation included a participant survey that examines: leadership development; advocacy; community organizing; self-awareness; ability to think critically; and connecting with other young emerging leaders to form allies for social change. The evaluation included an analysis of participants’ motivation to participate in GLU as well as the participants’ and session speakers’ perceptions of the program. The evaluation results were used to inform future YWAT programming. 

Download Final Report Rogers Park Young Women's Action Team: Executive Summary Final Report

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Homeless Over 50: The Graying of Chicago's Homeless Population

(2008)

CURL, in collaboration with the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness and the financial support of the Retirement Research Foundation, embarked on a project to better understand the stories and the needs of this aging population. The Chicago Alliance to End Hopelessness plans to use the findings to help shape the implementations of the Chicago Plan to End Homelessness.  Currently, a group of 10 providers are meeting every other month and planning how to implement the recommendations of the report. The project itself aimed to increase public awareness and influence public policy on homelessness in Chicago.

Download Final Report Homeless Over 50: The Graying of Chicago's Homeless Population

Download Shortened Report Homeless Over 50: The Graying of Chicago’s Homeless Population Shortened Policy Brief 

Download Final Technical Report Homeless over 50: The Graying of Chicago's Homeless Population Final Technical Report 

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One and a Half Decades of Apartment Loss and Condominium Growth: Changes in Chicago's Residential Building Stock

(2007)

CURL researchers used data from the Cook County Assessor to document the decline in Chicago apartments and growth in condominium units from 1989 to 2004 in the following report. The analysis that follows uses parcel level data collected for the purpose of assessing property taxes by the Cook County Tax Assessor in 1989-1990, 1995-1997, 2002 and 2004.  

Download Final Report One and a Half Decades of Apartment Loss and Condominium Growth: Changes in Chicago’s Residential Building Stock 

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