Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

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

Filtering by Category: Community Need / Asset Mapping

Brighton Park Community Study 2004

(2004)

This study sought to provide the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) a greater understanding of the issues and trends in housing, economic and demographic changes in the community. The report outlined key changes in the demographic and economic characteristics of the population over the past decade; assessed the current conditions and trends in Brighton Park’s housing stock, rents, sales prices, mortgage loans; and identified the key threats and opportunities in Brighton Park in regard to housing affordability, education, and service needs.

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Anawim Community Dispersion and Needs Assessment Study

(2004)

Anawim Center (currently known as the Kateri Center), a Native American spiritual and cultural center under the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Chicago formed a research collaboration with the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University Chicago and the Office of Research and Planning of the Archdiocese of Chicago for a needs assessment study to determine the whereabouts, needs, and interests of the Native American community in Metropolitan Chicago.

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American Indian Health Services Needs Assessment Study - Chicago Metropolitan Region

(2004)

American Indian Health Services (AIHS) is a health care organization that provides direct services to American Indians and Alaska Natives in Metropolitan Chicago. The organization sought to undertake a review of the health status of American Indian/ Alaska Native people in its service areas so as to ascertain health needs. The team produced a comprehensive needs assessment report including not only the health assessment data but also identified the need for further education and outreach to the American Indians and Alaska Natives in the Chicago Region. 

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Native Gathering: A Meeting with Native Americans Elders, Activists, Select Funders and Scholars

(2003)

On June 20-21, 2003, the Marguerite Casey Foundation (MCF) brought together a group of Native people from across the country to participate in a consultative session designed to help the Foundation develop a comprehensive strategy to strengthen and support indigenous families and communities. With the help of CURL, a report was written up documenting the meeting.

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Minding the Gap: An Assessment of Racial Disparity in Metropolitan Chicago

(2003)

In cooperation with the Human Relations Foundation of Chicago (HRF), CURL and the Jane Addams Hull House examined seven quality of life measurements: income, wealth and employment, education, housing, transportation, health, the lives of children and the criminal justice system.  This report, by examining these seven systems, not just one, creates a unique context for understanding both the complexity of these individual systems and the relationships between these systems.

Download Final Report Minding the Gap: An Assessment of Racial Disparity in Metropolitan Chicago

Download Executive Summary Minding the Gap: An Assessment of Racial Disparity in Metropolitan Chicago Executive Summary

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An Evaluation of Service Use and Satisfaction at Lathrop Homes and Henry Horner Homes

(2001)

In collaboration with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), CURL researchers and public housing leaders identified a baseline of social service usage and consumer evaluation of services within or near Lathrop Homes and Henry Horner Homes.  The data was used to help the CHA and and its service providers plan for future service provision.

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Community Needs Assessment Guide: A Brief Guide on How to Conduct a Needs Assessment

(2000)

The following is a community needs assessment guide designed by CURL researchers to aid organizations in identifying community assets and potential concerns.  The guide briefly details the steps of the Concerns Report Method beginning with the planning phases and ends with the implementation of action committees and the utilization of findings from the needs assessment. 

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The 1996 Chicago Latino Registered Voter Political Survey: Political Participation and Public Policy Positions

(1996) 

This article published in Harvard's Journal of Hispanic Policy presents the results of a survey of 408 registered Latino voters in Chicago, Illinois. The findings advance a multidimensional understanding of Latino political behaviors and attitudes through the examination of multiple measures of political participation and opinions concerning political parties and public issues such as welfare reform, immigration, naturalization and official language policy, bilingual education, capital punishment, gun control, and affirmative action.

Download Journal Article The 1996 Chicago Latino Registered Voter Political Survey: Political Participation and Public Policy Positions 

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