Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

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

Merger Evaluation: ONE Northside


CURL and ONE Northside produced a paper examining two grassroots organizations' need to scale up size and influence to better address the more regional and nationwide business and government decision-making structures.  This is the first report for the project. 

Download Report Scaling Up to Increase Community-Based Organization Voice

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Evaluation of the Cook county State's Attorney's Office Deferred Prosecution Program


This project funded by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) was a process and outcome evaluation of the Cook County State's Attorney's Deferred Prosecution Program.

The topics of evidence-based programming and diversion programming are areas of continued interest with the criminal justice system in Illinois. This evaluation assisted in guiding ICJIA policy and practices and was conducted by an interdisciplinary team from CURL, Criminology and Social Work at Loyola University Chicago.

Download Final Report An Evaluation of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office Deferred Prosecution Program

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Evaluation of Security-Deposit Assistance Program For Low-Income Residents In Milwaukee


This report examined a security deposit assistance program in Milwaukee that uses the incentive to encourage low-income residents to move to higher opportunity, lower poverty neighborhoods. Funded by the Washington DC-based Poverty Race Research Action Council, CURL partnered with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council in completing this project.

In January 2015, the report was published in the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) Civil Rights Research journal.   The report provides evidence that security deposit incentives do help in encouraging low-income families to move to new mixed-income communities providing greater educational, employment, and quality of life opportunities.

Download Final ReportTake a Chance on Me: A Review of the Milwaukee County Security Deposit Assistance Program

Works in Progress: Searching for Solutions to the Difficulty Problems of Homelessness


CURL Research faculty, Christine George, and former CURL Fellow, Jennifer Chernega, co-edited a special edition of the Journal of Poverty  titled Housing the Homeless: Emerging Research on Programs and Policies.  Within the issue they also published an article, “Works in Progress: Searching for Solutions to the Difficulty Problems of Homelessness.”

Download Journal ArticleWorks in Progress: Searching for Solutions to the Difficulty Problems of Homelessness

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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

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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