Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

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

Strategies for Using Whole School Climate Prevention to Support the Morale of Staff

The purpose of this proposed research is to develop specific strategies for using whole school climate prevention to support the morale of staff when experiencing unexpected change which increases teacher’s stress and may have a negative impact on student’s learning.  These findings will be the result of a mixed method study of an urban middle school that was targeted for downsizing in a large urban district and is now implementing school-wide prevention for behavior problems. 

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Smart Growth and Equity Policy Development

The project documented existing local, community-based projects in an effort to include these voices in the larger smart growth development discussion. It examined how the benefits of regional economic growth might be used more effectively to address pressing social problems in these communities and the broader region.

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Evaluation of Medicaid Housing Demonstration Project

This endeavor is a process and outcome evaluation of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) Medicaid Supportive Housing Pilot Project in collaboration with AFC and Health Disability Advocates (HDA).  CURL and HDA will partner in this research, with CURL focusing on the process evaluation and analysis of outcome data. HDA will focus on the policy context and recommendations.

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Consultation to the Metropolitan Battered Women's Network

This endeavor encompasses both consulting and training. Christine George, CURL Research Associate Professor and Stephanie Riger, UIC Professor of Psychology will advise and assist through consultation and training members of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network in the development and implementation of a common tracking and feedback system of former program participants.

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Lawndale Christian Safety Net Learning Collaborative Evaluation

This is an evaluation for a consortium of safety net health care centers in Chicago and northern Illinois, led by the Lawndale Christian Health Clinic. We plan to assess the implementation of a new training and leadership program in relation to management and staff. We will also assess if the project has improved patient reports of satisfaction and impacted their wait times among other measures.

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Knowledge Exchange with the Business and Professional People for the Public Interest

CURL and Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) have created a Knowledge Exchange to assist BPI staff and board members in understanding demographic trends, theory, and current research related to policies aimed at reducing poverty.

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