Fostering Opportunity and Action through Research in 2018

Heartland Alliance’s Social IMPACT Research Center team is looking forward to taking on a number of projects that will influence how Heartland Alliance, along with our research clients and partners, continues the fight for opportunity. From equity in arts to building data systems, see what our researchers will be working on in 2018.

Katie Buitrago, Director of the Social IMPACT Research Center

“I’m excited this spring to wrap up an evaluation that IMPACT has been working on for five years! We are studying the impact that a new data system implemented by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership has on workforce development providers throughout Cook County. We’re interested in figuring out whether the data system helps workforce providers learn from their data and become more effective at helping jobseekers.”

Lindy Carrow, Associate Director

“In the coming year, IMPACT will be working with a lot of Heartland Alliance programs on really interesting evaluations and studies – I’m looking forward to learning from our awesome colleagues.”


Ali Carella, Senior Research Associate

“I am excited about Heartland Alliance’s participant data: 2018 is promising to be a quick-moving year for organization-wide data transformation where companies throughout Heartland Alliance are coming together to strengthen how we define, collect, and analyze meaningful data that will make the process of examining outcomes and impact and making evidence-based decisions easier for our organization.”

Suniya Farooqui, Data Analyst

“I’m excited about helping my colleagues on their projects, such as our annual report on Illinois poverty, and looking forward to seeing how visual design innovations can influence audiences and help them understand findings.”


Mary O’Brien, Senior Research Associate

“I am excited to wrap up a study we are working on with Enrich Chicago to assess racial equity in the philanthropic support of arts and culture organizations in Chicago. In addition to public data on giving, the study has collected data directly from foundations and arts organizations related to funding, organizational policy and approach, the racial makeup of board and staff, and data collection practices. I am excited to see how this work can further the conversation around racial equity in the arts as well as other sectors!”

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