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Domestic violence is pervasive. Approximately 1 in 3 women have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States. It is estimated that more than 2 million Illinoisans have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. And while domestic violence impacts individuals and communities throughout Chicago, a comprehensive assessment of the domestic violence response system has not been conducted in the city since 2007. That is why Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research Center, in partnership with Crown Family Philanthropies, Polk Bros. Foundation, and Michael Reese Health Trust,conducted a needs assessment to identify the scale of need for domestic violence services in Chicago, document the existing response system and highlight gaps that need to be filled. We invite you to read our assessment to learn more about the survivor experience, service capacity, and outstanding needs in our city. We hope this research helps inform decision makers and providers about the needs of the Chicago community, so that we can bring safety and opportunity to all.

Read Connecting to Safety and Stability: Domestic Violence Needs Assessment of Chicago today.

If you, or someone you know, has been impacted by domestic violence and are in need of support, contact Heartland Alliance's Violence Recovery Services. For Domestic Violence emergencies contact the Chicago Domestic Violence Helpline: (877) 863-6338.

NewMomsCoverreportNew Report: Investing in the Future with New Moms

Senior Research Associate, Callie Kaplan, with Suniya Farooqi (Data Analyst) and David Li (Research Fellow), recently partnered with New Moms to conduct a Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis. New Moms, based in Austin on the West Side of Chicago, provides transitional supportive housing, family support and job training services for young moms and their children. An SROI takes a holistic approach to understanding the economic, social and environmental impacts of policies or programs.

With support from the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation, our analysis investigated the combined return on investment from funders, including foundations, the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, for New Moms participants. IMPACT worked closely with New Moms staff members and past participants, to ensure transparency and participation, and facilitated focus group discussions with moms across all 3 programs (housing, family support and job training), conducted interviews with staff members, and distributed a short community survey. Rich data from New Moms’ database and an extensive literature review was then used to inform the SROI ratio calculation. Overall, we found that for every $1 invested in New Moms, there is a $3.81 return on investment.

Read the full report to learn more about why investing in the future of young moms and their children must be a major priority for foundations, and our local and state government.

child and doctorSharing the Impact of Heartland Human Care Services

Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS) has numerous initiatives underway to examine their quality of programming, satisfaction of participants, and impact of programs. One of these work streams has been collecting outcomes data and using findings to inform decision-making. Ali Carella, Senior Research Associate with the Social IMPACT Research Center, helps lead this charge and support much of HHCS's data strategy. Recently, Ali, Mike (Research Associate) and Suniya (Data Analyst) completed a fiscal year in review for HHCS.

The year in review included a participant satisfaction survey analysis and an annual outcomes report. The survey analysis showed a tremendous increase in participation compared to last year and HHCS programs are currently in the process of creating action plans to address small tests of change, given the findings. Getting into the weeds of participant data, allows us to better understand how certain combinations of services help grow impact. In the coming year, HHCS is committed to use their own data to help make smart decisions about how to maximize impact and support participants fully in their journey out of poverty. Learn more about HHCS' work.

Rpfellowship2018We're Hiring

Are you looking for an opportunity to help in the fight to end poverty? Then apply today to join Heartland Alliance's Research & Policy team as our newest Fellow. The purpose of this fellowship is to provide training and development for individuals interested in advancing policy change. The fellow will support Heartland Alliance’s work to advance policies and systems change that address poverty and inequity, while developing relationships with advocates, funders, providers, and decision-makers.

Learn more and apply today!

socialjusticeguide2018What We're Reading

Amber Crossen, Communications Coordinator, is reading...

The Opportunity Agenda’s Social Justice Phrase Guide has acted as an important reminder for me about the power of language. The words that we use are so crucial in the stories we tell, tweets we send, and even the fact sheets we create. This guide has been my go-to tool to crafting inclusive messages. It is a great resource to help communicators, like myself, think deeply about how we are describing people, populations, and experiences. The words we use have immense power and it is up to all of us to use that power in a way that is inclusive, respectful and "puts personhood first and emphasizes humanity."



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