Social IMPACT Research Center Publications

The Social IMPACT Research Center has an extensive portfolio of needs assessment and evaluation research on issues facing poor and low-income populations. Our user-friendly work equips nonprofits, foundations, and governments to advance real-world solutions to poverty.
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Illinois and Chicago Region: Poverty, Income and Health Insurance

September 26, 2019

Millions of people in Illinois experience poverty or are living on the brink. That societal position keeps opportunities out of reach and nearly guarantees worse outcomes in every quality of life domain—making ALL of us worse off. The poverty rate for the United States was 11.8% in 2018, a decline of 0.5 percentage points from 2017. There were 38.1 million people in poverty nationwide. In 2018, 1.5 million Illinoisans were in poverty—a rate of 12.1%. Additionally, 2.0 million Illinoisans are near poor and economically insecure with incomes between 100% and 199% of the federal poverty threshold. This year marks the first time that the U.S.poverty rate is below pre-recession levels; Illinois lags behind this trend,with its poverty rate just returning to pre-recession levels.

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Access to Secure Choice: Addressing the Barriers to Retirement Savings for Illinois Workers

November 28, 2017

Illinois is among the first states in the nation to pass retirement savings legislation in the form of Secure Choice. With the implementation of Secure Choice, workers in Illinois at qualifying businesses without access to an employment-based retirement plan will be automatically enrolled in a retirement savings program. An estimated 1.3 million Illinoisans who currently do not have access to workplace retirement plans will be potentially impacted by Secure Choice. As Illinois moves toward Secure Choice implementation, however, there are a number of key questions that should be answered to help ensure that the program is addressing barriers to participation, especially among low-income workers, women, immigrants, and workers of color. This research is aimed at better understanding these barriers.

Employment; Safety Net & Human Services

Services to Trafficking Survivors in Illinois Targeted Communities

March 17, 2021

This report documents the implementation and participant outcomes of a partnership project intended to increase identification of and service provision to survivors of human trafficking by providing training and technical assistance to organizations in high-need areas in Illinois. Prior to the development of this partnership, anti-trafficking resources in Illinois had been concentrated in Chicago and the surrounding area. Other areas of the state, namely Peoria and Kankakee, had low levels of anti-trafficking resources and victim identification, despite high vulnerability factors for trafficking. 

Key Findings: Equitable Access to Secure Choice - Addressing the Barriers to Retirement Savings for Illinois Workers

November 28, 2017

KEY REPORT FINDING FACTSHEET FOR REPORT—Equitable Access to Secure Choice: Addressing the Barriers to Retirement Savings for Illinois Workers,

Secure Choice Implementation Considerations: Equitable Access to Secure Choice - Addressing the Barriers to Retirement Savings for Illinois Workers

November 28, 2017

SECURE CHOICE IMPLEMENTATION CONSIDERATIONS FACTSHEET FOR REPORT—Equitable Access to Secure Choice: Addressing the Barriers to Retirement Savings for Illinois Workers,

New 2016 Poverty Data for Illinois & Chicago

September 14, 2017

This fact sheet presents the latest data on poverty, income, and health insurance for Illinois, Chicago, and the surrounding Chicago region counties. (For smaller counties outside the Chicago region, refer to www.ilpovertyreport.org).

Poverty; Safety Net & Human Services

The Poverty Rate According to the Supplemental Poverty Measure

September 12, 2017

The 2016 poverty rate according to the more comprehensive supplemental poverty measure. 

DATA MATTERS WHO ARE THE ILLINOISANS LIKELY TO LOSE FOOD ASSISTANCE IN 2018?

July 20, 2017

There are big changes coming to SNAP in Illinois. On December 31st, certain SNAP recipients will only be able to receive food assistance for a total of three months within a 36 month period, whether or not they are experiencing hunger, if they are not working at least 20 hours per week. The group of people that will be impacted by this change will be adults without work-limiting disabilities who are not currently responsible for the care of children or other family members. The people who make up this group are sometimes referred to as ABAWDs, or able-bodied adults without dependents.

Housing & Homelessness; Hunger & Nutrition

Chicago Neighborhood Indicators

August 26, 2016

The following data book contains local data - Community Areas in Chicago and places and townships in area counties - related to many demographic, social, economic, and housing indicators. 

Cook County Indicators Databook 2014

August 26, 2016

Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2000 Decennial Census and 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year estimates program.

DuPage County Indicators Databook 2014

August 26, 2016

Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2000 Decennial Census and 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year estimates program.

Kane County Indicators Databook 2014

August 26, 2016

Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2000 Decennial Census and 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year estimates program.

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