June 2018 E-News
Coming Soon: Illinois County Poverty Data
As we strive to make Illinois a state characterized by safety, equity, and opportunity for all, it’s important to look at the dynamics of poverty and well-being not only at the state and national levels, but also locally. Next month, we will be releasing county-level poverty data to take a look at indicators of poverty and well-being on a local level.
Be on the look out for more information and the full release of data. Until then, view last year's data to see how your county fared.
Measuring IMPACT: Creating the Chicago Youth Centers Dashboard
Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) is a youth development organization providing innovative early childhood and out-of-school time programs for children ages 3-18. CYC focuses on giving youth tools, resources, and opportunities needed to become engaged, well-rounded adults and to succeed in the 21st century workplace. As CYC seeks to expand its base of support and learn from its successes and challenges, there is a clear need to step back and assess the impact of CYC’s programs.
IMPACT partnered with CYC to develop a data dashboard that presents CYC’s progress on key outcome measures using administrative as well as self-reported data from CYC’s participants at the Rebecca Crown Center in South Shore. To contextualize these results, IMPACT also reported on similar outcomes data on students from schools within the same zip code as the Rebecca Crown Center. An accompanying internal white paper summarizes data dashboard findings and provides a list of recommendations and opportunities to increase CYC's impact and enhance data-driven decision making.
Welcoming AnneMarie & Katherine to Heartland Alliance Family
We are very excited to welcome two new faces to the Heartland Alliance Research & Policy office! AnneMarie Bryson and Katherine Liu will be joining the Social IMPACT Research Center as our newest Research Assistant and Intern—we are incredibly glad to have them with us! Join us in welcoming AnneMarie and Katherine and learn more about our newest team members.
AnneMarie Bryson is a Research Assistant at Heartland Alliance’s Social IMPACT Research Center. She is currently pursuing a degree in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Notre Dame, where she works for the Wilson Sheehan Lab of Economic Opportunity, helping to identify innovative, effective programs that help individuals move out of poverty. AnneMarie’s policy interests include immigration, education, specifically early childhood education, and health. AnneMarie enjoys baking, listening to music, going on runs, and exploring Chicago, her new temporary home!
Liu is a Communications Intern for Heartland Alliance’s Research and Policy
Division. Katherine is currently studying Social Studies and Computer Science
at Harvard College. She has experience with communications, research, and
strategy, and hopes to share the Research and Policy Division’s social justice
work and its human impact. In her free time, Katherine enjoys reading, writing,
and playing with her dog. During the school year, her week‘s highlight is
volunteering to help immigrants improve their English fluency and prepare for their