Research & Outreach Centers


CalYOUTH is an evaluation of the impact of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act on outcomes during the transition to adulthood for foster youth. CalYOUTH includes collection and analysis of information from three sources: 1) transition-age youth, 2) child welfare workers, and 3) government program data. The study, led by Samuel Deutsch Professor Mark Courtney and conducted in collaboration with the California Department of Social Services and California County Welfare Directors Association, is being carried out over a 5-year period from 2012-2017. 


The Illinois/New York Child Care Research Partnership Study (CCRP) joins researchers at the University of Chicago and the Urban Institute with state and local administrators of child care subsidies in four regions of Illinois and New York. CCRP is a multi-year project, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

The partnership's primary aim is to engage in research efforts that result in the development of an empirically-informed and practically-relevant knowledge base regarding the key determinants of child care subsidy stability and the factors that increase subsidized families' access to high quality, stable child care arrangements.

Associate Professor Julia Henly is a Principal Investigator.

Center for Health Administration Studies

An  interdisciplinary health policy research center in the School of Social Service Administration, the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) draws on the University's outstanding faculty in management, medicine, public policy, and the social sciences. CHAS also supports a substantial program of education, workshop and symposia, and dissemination of health services research.

CHAS conducts studies of local, national, and international health services delivery, with the mission of improving care delivery to vulnerable populations, particularly in urban settings. The Center specializes in evaluation studies that combine elements of medical care delivery, social services, and public health.

CHAS is directed by Jeanne C. Marsh, the George Herbert Jones Distinguished Service Professor.

Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention

The Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, (CCYVP), directed by Deborah Gorman-Smith, the Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor, is one of 6 national Academic Centers of Excellence funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It brings together researchers, community representatives, practitioners, and policy makers committed to understanding and reducing youth violence in poor, inner-city communities in Chicago.

Chapin Hall

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago has, since its inception in 1985 as a research and policy center, focused on a mission of improving the well-being of children and youth, families and their communities.

Crime Lab

The University of Chicago Crime Lab seeks to improve our understanding of how to reduce crime and violence by helping government agencies and non-profit organizations develop innovative new approaches to reducing violence, and work with them to test new innovations using randomized controlled trials (RCTs). In 2011, Crime Lab launched the Urban Education Lab to support RCTs specifically in the area of improving education outcomes, which, particularly in disadvantaged urban areas, are deeply connected to risk of violence involvement. In 2014, Crime Lab announced the launch of the University of Chicago Crime Lab New York. Leading researchers will provide New York policy makers with rigorous, objective, scientific evidence to help reduce crime, violence and the costs of criminal justice in a new partnership with the City of New York. The Crime Lab began in April 2008 in partnership with the City of Chicago, and its work has been made possible by generous seed funding from the Joyce Foundation, the University of Chicago Office of the Provost, and the School of Social Service Administration through the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS).


The Employment Instability, Family Well-being, and Social Policy Network (EINet), launched in September 2011, seeks to promote research on the nature, sources, and ramifications of employment instability in low-wage jobs, and to develop and evaluate interventions aimed at reducing employment instability and its effects on children and families.

Network for College Success

The Network for College Success (NCS) at SSA is committed to transforming Chicago's public high schools into learning organizations that prepare all students for graduation and college success. Since 2006, NCS has partnered with the UChicago Consortium on School Research to give high schools access to groundbreaking research and to translate that research into actionable strategies that dramatically improve student outcomes. NCS offers school leaders a comprehensive and research-based model that incorporates student data analysis, professional development, job-embedded coaching, and peer networking for shared problem solving and distributed leadership. NCS currently provides services to approximately 400 principals, teachers, and counselors in twenty Chicago public high schools, serving over 21,000 students, 20% of the city's high school student population. NCS also develops and facilitates quarterly trainings to District leaders and all high school principals to spread innovation and effective school practice across the city.


Professor Dexter Voisin and Associate Professor Alida Bouris created the STI and HIV Intervention Network (SHINE) to conduct research on the biological, behavioral and structural factors that heighten vulnerability to sexually transmitted infections and HIV among ethnic minority communities in the U.S. The Network will develop and evaluate interventions to alleviate existing STI/HIV disparities.

The Smart Decarceration Initiative

The Smart Decarceration Initiative (SDI) aims to stimulate cross-sector applied policy and behavioral intervention research that will reduce the incarcerated population in ways that are humane, socially just, and sustainable. "Smart" decarceration will occur when: the incarcerated population in U.S. jails and prisons is substantially lessened; existing racial and economic disparities among the incarcerated are redressed; and public safety and public health are maximized.

In order to progress toward these goals, the Smart Decarceration Initiative promotes transdisciplinary work that: reconsiders the utility and function of incarceration; supports innovations across sectors of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts, jails, prisons, and community supervision; and develops, rigorously evaluates, and applies emerging evidence to policy and practice in real-world settings in real time.

SDI was co-founded and is co-directed by Associate Professor Matthew Epperson.