EVALUATING AND UNDERSTANDING OUR IMPACT.

The University of Chicago Crime and Poverty labs are rigorously evaluating READI Chicago to assess its effectiveness and impact on participants' violence involvement. Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research Center also is leading a formative evaluation of READI Chicago to support program implementation and continuous quality improvement. Lessons learned from the READI Chicago evaluation can inform violence reduction efforts in Chicago, and across the country.

946
Participants

Data as of April 30, 2019 – updated monthly

70%
666 OF ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN ENGAGED BY AN OUTREACH WORKER
70%
463 OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ENGAGED DECIDED TO PARTICIPATE AND STARTED EMPLOYMENT
56%
258 OF THOSE WHO STARTED EMPLOYMENT ARE ACTIVELY WORKING

PARTICIPANT SNAPSHOT

94%
African-American
88%
Ages 18-32
92%
Have been arrested
62%
Have served time in prison
76%
Have lost a family member to gun violence
16%
Are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or couch surf
60%
Have children
47%
Aspire to obtain post-high school education
Real Hope
I decided to reprogram myself. The first time, I was just blinded by anger… but the second time, I knew I had to make a change.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR LOCAL PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS, EVALUATION PARTNERS, AND FUNDERS FOR THEIR STRONG COMMITMENT AND COLLABORATION IN READI CHICAGO:

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