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.

1013
Participants

Data as of June 30, 2019 – updated monthly

76%
771 OF ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN ENGAGED BY AN OUTREACH WORKER
67%
515 OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ENGAGED DECIDED TO PARTICIPATE AND STARTED EMPLOYMENT
50%
257 OF THOSE WHO STARTED EMPLOYMENT ARE ACTIVELY WORKING

PARTICIPANT SNAPSHOT

93%
African-American
87%
Ages 18-32
91%
Have been arrested
61%
Have served time in prison
78%
Have lost a family member to gun violence
14%
Are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or couch surf
56%
Have children
40%
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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