The Greater Roseland West Pullman Food Network (GRWP) is developing a sustainable model to address food insecurity in the Roseland and West Pullman communities, with the Greater Roseland Sustainability Initiative (GRSI). The GRSI is a collaboration between community, university, and business partners utilizing urban agriculture and social enterprise to increase access to fresh produce, improve STEM skills, and prepare youth for a “green collar” economy.Read More
Instituto del Progreso Latino (Instituto) has developed a new model for providing ESL training to its community of learners. They are combining the best of online educational practice with intensive one-on-one and in-person classroom mentoring to fully meet the needs of their students. CURL will be evaluating this pilot program which is funded by the MacArthur Foundation.Read More
Chicago Public Schools launched the Global Citizenship Initiative (GCI) in 2012-2013. GCI provides rigorous curriculum aligned with high standards, supports high quality pedagogy that meets the needs of diverse learners and reflects best practices in civic education, and generates multiple external learning opportunities throughout the city of Chicago.Read More
(12/1/2014 - 12/1/2017)
CURL started an evaluation partnership with Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) focusing on their recently awarded multi-year grant from the Kellogg Foundation. The process evaluation examines the implementation of COFI’s parent leadership program - Family Focused Organizing - in four Illinois communities that are building collaborations to improve access to and quality of early learning programs. Family Focused Organizing develops parents as leaders in their communities so they may advocate on behalf of themselves, their families, and their communities.
COFI’s mission is to be a catalyst for positive change. It is a center and a resource for family focused organizing, leadership development and community building focused on the well-being of children, youth and families. Founded in 1995, COFI is driven by a deep commitment to social justice, and grounded in the time-tested principles, strategies, accomplishments, and approaches of community organizing.
- C. George, CURL
- J. Cossyleon, CURL Graduate Fellow
- A. Hypolite, CURL Graduate Fellow
The Family Court Enhancement Project is a collaborative project of the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), the Battered Women’s Justice Project, and the National Institute for Justice.Read More
Loyola University Chicago sociologist Peter Rosenblatt is the lead researcher on a new CURL project to examine a security deposit assistance program in Milwaukee that uses the incentive to encourage low-income residents to move to higher opportunity, lower poverty neighborhoods.Read More
The Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) will work with Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside (ONE Northside) on a participatory research project to further document and analyze the Organization of the NorthEast (ONE) and Lakeview Action Coalition (LAC) merger process over the past year that has now created ONE Northside. The impact of the merger is of interest not only to researchers and policy makers focusing on non-profit organizations, but also to other similar organizations seeking to be more effective in their advocacy impact and their financial efficiency. Outcomes of this merger have implications for other organizations in Chicago and the nation.Read More
In a partnership with the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness and other service and advocacy organizations, the Loyola University Chicago Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) and photographer Noah Addis have organized this exhibition to present positive images of individuals moving from homelessness to housing. The exhibition confronts the dominant stereotypes that homeless individuals are helpless street beggars or that organizations serving them are just providing handouts without addressing long-term solutions.Read More
Alternatives, Inc. and Howard Area Community Center will partner to provide an intensive, coordinated, and trauma informed community approach to working with high-risk youth and young adults (up to age 24) who have been detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) and/or have been adjudicated to an Illinois Youth Center/IDOC placement and are now re-entering their communities. CURL will help evaluate the success of the program.Read More
CURL and the Chicago Foundation for Women will be working together on the “Evaluation: The Road from Programming to Policy” program to train organizations that serve women and girls. Expert-led workshops, participant-selected research projects, and community-wide dissemination will deepen organizational understanding of data analysis. The development of assessment as an organizational tool will provide immediate change as well as lasting skills, assisting agencies as they continue to navigate in an increasingly data driven sector.Read More