Policy Research Collaborative

The Policy Research Collaborative is an interdisciplinary, applied research and technical assistance center at Roosevelt University working with community partners to address social inequities and strengthen communities through transformative policy research and advocacy.

Equitable Mobility in the Housing Choice Voucher Program

On March 1st, 2018, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) implemented a new policy to determine eligibility for exception payment standards in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. Under this new policy, CHA changed from the concept of opportunity areas to the concept of mobility areas. According to CHA, the purpose of this change was to…

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Advocacy in the Parks with Juanita Irizarry

Juanita Irizarry, Executive Director of Friends of the Parks, joined the Policy Research Collaborative for the third installment of our Speakers Series Initiative. For Irizarry, Friends of the Parks works towards the goal of preserving, improving, and promoting the usage of Chicago’s parks and open spaces under its commitment to the ideal of “open, clear…

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[Position Closed] The Long-term Toll of Lost Housing Equity on Chicago’s African American Families

We are seeking motivated Chicago-area undergraduate and graduate students to join a 10-member team in Summer 2018 that will research housing data for a study to determine the financial impact that predatory house-purchase contract sales had on black homeowners in Chicago’s racially transitioning communities. If you are interested in joining us for this research project,…

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Our Chicago: The Fight and Future of Fair Housing at 50 – Registration Open!

Registration is open for Our Chicago: The Fight and Future of Fair Housing at 50, a one-day community summit on Saturday, April 28 at Roosevelt University (425 S. Wabash Ave). Fifty years after the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act, advocates, experts, and community members will convene to learn our history, share tools, and organize…

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Microsoft's Civic Chat: Networking Our Neighborhoods with PRC Director Charlie Barlow

PRC Director shares our vision for collaborative research with Microsoft on Advisor.tv

PRC Director Charlie Barlow sat down with Shelley Stern Grach, Director of Civic Engagement at Microsoft, to discuss the Collaborative’s approach to applied research and technical assistance on Advisor.tv. Watch the episode of Civic Chat: Networking Our Neighborhoods below, or visit Microsoft Chicago’s blog.

Chicago Cityscape’s Steven Vance joins the PRC to discuss storytelling with geospatial data

Steven Vance, the founder and CEO of Chicago Cityscape, joined the Policy Research Collaborative for the second installment of our Speakers Series Initiative. Vance describes himself as an urban planner, a reporter, a business owner, and a mapmaker. For Vance, geospatial data allows people, such as researchers, policy makers, or city planners, to tell intriguing…

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Microsoft’s Soren Spicknall joins PRC to discuss civic tech and its role in shaping public policy

Soren Spicknall, one of 20 Microsoft Civic Tech Fellows nationwide and the first from Illinois Institute of Technology, joined the Policy Research Collaborative as part of our new Speaker Series initiative. For Spicknall, civic tech sits at the intersection of technology and community, improving lives by applying technical solutions to important civic challenges. “Collaboration is…

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PRC Research Fellow Randy Colon awarded 2018 Newman Civic Fellowship

Congratulations to Randy Colon, PRC Research Fellow, who was named a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow! The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Colon, a junior sociology major at Roosevelt University, will join a cohort of fellows throughout the…

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PRC Director calls for equitable development as Obama Presidential Center sparks new interest in South Shore

“I think we all have a responsibility — whether it’s local government, or elected officials, policymakers or the residents that live here — to hold ourselves to account and ensure that investments, whether it’s amenities, the proposed golf course, or the Obama Presidential Center, is beneficial to every resident that lives in South Shore,” PRC…

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