Partners & Resources

IRRPP’s work is collaborative and could not be done without the support of many partners on campus, in the city, and across the country.

The following is a list of our partners and sites we regularly turn to for resources in doing our work. This list is not exhaustive by any means and, if you would like to share your ideas for additional resources or partner with us, please email us at irrpp@uic.edu.

Download our complete resource list as a PDF here.

Thank you to our partners!

The African-American Cultural Center produces innovative programs connecting African-American and African Diaspora traditions, creative practices, and experiences to broader frameworks of thought, feeling, and action.

The Arab American Cultural Center affirms the diverse needs of UIC’s Arab and Arab American students and builds community, solidarity, and brave spaces on campus by increasing awareness about Arab and Arab American and Muslim American cultures and histories.

The Asian American Resource and Cultural Center supports the needs of Asian Americans at UIC and offers social, cultural, and educational programs to those interested in expanding their knowledge about Asian Americans.

The Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research generates participatory action research interventions to promote the empowerment of minority individuals with disabilities and build capacity among agencies delivering services to minority populations.

The College of Education is making good on the promise of public education by preparing teachers, researchers, principals, superintendents, and community leaders to strengthen urban neighborhoods in Chicago and across the nation.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers twenty-five academic programs and faculty with innovative research to a diverse community of actively engaged students in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and interdisciplinary and pre-professional areas of study.

The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs promotes just, resilient, and livable communities through engaged research and academic programs that are tackling pressing contemporary urban challenges and are transforming public policy.

The Disability Resource Center empowers UIC with the knowledge, resources, and skills necessary to ensure full access and engagement for students with disabilities and to create a barrier-free campus where diverse experiences are embraced.

The Gender and Sexuality Center has innovative programs, workshops, events, and resources challenging heteronormativity and transphobia and catalyzing positive social change through life affirming thinking, learning, and action at UIC and throughout Chicago.

The Great Cities Institute conducts research, policy analysis, and program development to formulate solutions that tackle the multi-dimensional challenges of the changing socio-political economy of cities and improve their metropolitan regions.

The Institute for Health Research and Policy catalyzes innovative research on all aspects of health by providing the services and infrastructure needed to develop research ideas, form collaborations and successful teams, and manage grants from proposal to closeout.

The Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement creates research and programming opportunities for scholars, concerned citizens, students, and government officials to actively transform our democracy by creating a more fully engaged citizenry with more effective leaders.

The Institute of Government and Public Affairs mobilizes public policy scholars to generate evidence-based, nonpartisan analysis and information that informs and improves public policy discussions in Illinois and beyond.

The Institute on Disability and Human Development dedicates its nationally acclaimed academic programs, clinical services, research centers, and community programs to promoting the independence, productivity, and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.

The Jane Addams College of Social Work educates professional social workers, develops knowledge, and provides leadership in developing and implementing policies and services on behalf of the poor, the oppressed, racial and ethnic minorities, and other at-risk urban populations.

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum uses exhibitions and public programs to create social change on the Near West Side of Chicago and thereby continue the legacy of the group of activists and social reformers led by feminist Jane Addams.

The Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center conducts research, educational trainings, community education programs, and does policy work with health workers and providers to improve the health status of Latinos and other racial/ethnic minorities.

The Nathalie P. Voorhees Center provides technical assistance, conducts research, and works collaboratively with partners to engage residents, leaders, and policymakers in seeking effective strategies for advancing community livability and vitality.

The Native American Support Program promotes academic success and achievement for all students at the University of Illinois at Chicago, especially those of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Native Pacific Islander ethnicity, culture, community, and heritage.

The Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center offers programming featuring cultural expressions, intercultural and civic dialogues, scholarly presentations, and first-voice stories to deepen understanding of the diverse heritages of Latinxs and advocate for social justice.

The School of Public Health prepares public health practitioners, researchers, and policy analysists to work with communities and together create a healthier, more just, and equitable society in Chicago and around the world.

The University of Illinois Cancer Center explores and addresses the totality of intersecting issues that trigger cancer—biology, race, ethnicity, gender, age, environment, geography, lifestyle, socioeconomic status—in order to reduce disparities and improve cancer health outcomes.

Radical Public Health is an association of students, alumni, faculty, and staff that seeks to address the systemic, underlying causes of public health challenges and to consider more radical solutions in public health learning, research, and practice.

The Social Justice Initiative is focused on promoting a greater good, serving the underserved, and improving lives through scholarship, teaching and community engagement that shine a light on persistent injustices as well as ways that people work together to create change.

The Women’s Leadership and Resource Center promotes gender equity, develops women’s leadership, celebrates women’s accomplishments, encourages self-care, and affirms the diverse needs of woman-identified people through education, institutional interventions, support, and advocacy.

These community organizations are on the front lines of work to end racial and ethnic inequities in our region. This is not an exhaustive list and we welcome your suggestions for additions.

Access Living is a leading force in the disability community challenging stereotypes, protecting civil rights, and championing social reforms to make sure people with disabilities can live the lives they choose.

The Aden Community Center is a recreational and educational center providing social support, group activities, educational support, and recreational services to the Muslim American community and all residents of the Bridgeview and Chicagoland area.

The Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment is a grassroots community organization building the capacity of Filipino/a/xs to organize on issues of social, racial, and economic justice affecting undocumented immigrants, domestic workers, seniors, and youth.

Alternatives Inc provides safe spaces for youth and their families to address root causes and discover positive alternatives through programs focusing on leadership development, prevention of violence and substance abuse, academic enrichment, and counseling.

The American Indian Center of Chicago promotes fellowship among Indian people of all Tribes living in metropolitan Chicago and advances their wellbeing by creating bonds of understanding and communication between Indians and non-Indians in this city.

The Arab American Action Network strengthens the Arab community in the Chicago area through community organizing, advocacy, education, social services, leadership development, cultural outreach, and by forging productive relationships with other communities.

Arab American Family Services is a nonprofit organization providing accessible and effective social services that empower, educate, and support the individuals, families, and organizations that are enhancing the economic well-being of Arab Americans in the Chicagoland area.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity and give voice to the most pressing issues of concern to Asian Americans and other marginalized communities in metropolitan Chicago.

Assata’s Daughters is a Black woman-led, young person-directed organization rooted in the Black Radical Tradition that organizes young Black people in Chicago by providing them with political education, leadership development, mentorship, and revolutionary services.

The Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance is a non-profit consortium of fair housing and advocacy organizations, social service providers, government agencies, and municipalities committed to the value of fair housing, diversity, and integration.

Chicago Beyond was launched in 2016 to back the fight for youth equity by investing in community-led initiatives and individuals who are fighting for all youth to achieve their fullest human potential, in Chicago and beyond.

The Chicago Freedom School provides training and educational opportunities for youth and adult allies to create new generations of critical, independent thinking young leaders who use their unique experiences and civic power to create a just world.

The CPS American Indian Education Program provides educational services to all Native American Indian students within the Chicago Public Schools district and organizes community events promoting Native American Indian education to outside organizations.

The Chicago Teachers Union is an organization of educators dedicated to advancing and promoting quality public education, improving teaching and learning conditions, protecting members’ rights, and working to achieve educational, racial, economic, and social justice.

The Chicago Torture Justice Center is a community center working to end police violence that is addressing the traumas of police violence and institutionalized racism through healing and wellness services, trauma-informed resources, and community connection.

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials works to honor and seek justice for the survivors of Chicago police torture, their family members, and the African American communities affected by the torture—work that led to the passing of a 2015 reparations ordinance for Chicago police torture survivors.

Chicago United for Equity is a community of racial justice advocates working together across neighborhoods, organizations, and policy issues to shape narratives, lead advocacy, reform institutions, and organize together in order to build the city we deserve.

For nearly a century, the Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational, and social progress for African Americans in employment, housing, education, and justice and promotes strong, sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration, and innovation.

The Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community unites the resources of member organizations and individual members to empower Chinese American communities working on civic education, issue advocacy, policy making, and community mobilization in Greater Chicago.

Communities United is a grassroots, intergenerational racial justice organization building collective power to achieve racial justice and transformative social change by advancing health equity, affordable housing, education justice, youth investment, immigrant rights, and police accountability.

Facing History and Ourselves is a nonprofit educational organization providing teachers, students, and communities online professional development, events, and a free library of classroom resources, including curriculum with unit and lesson plans on social justice topics.

The Hana Center empowers Korean American and multi-ethnic immigrant communities through social services, education, culture, and community organizing to advance human rights and create a world with social, racial, and economic justice for all people.

Heartland Alliance is a Chicago-based anti-poverty organization working in communities throughout the US and abroad to provide comprehensive services in health, housing, jobs and justice, and leads state and national policy efforts to create lasting change.

Housing Action Illinois is a statewide coalition of over 160 organizations that has been leading the movement to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing for low-and moderate-income households in Illinois for more than 30 years.

The Indo American Center addresses the needs of South Asian immigrants by providing services that facilitate their adjustment, integration, and friendship with the wider society, nurtures their sense of community, and fosters appreciation for the diversity of culture and heritage.

The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization is on the progressive frontline fighting back regressive policies negatively impacting the quality of life for working people in Chicago and Illinois and is the oldest Black-led, membership-based community organization in Chicago.

The Let Us Breathe Collective produces creative cultural events and direct actions to disrupt oppressive systems, amplify marginalized voices, and serve people and communities most directly harmed by mass incarceration, police violence, and systemic injustice.

Love & Protect supports women and gender non-conforming/non-binary people of color who are criminalized or harmed by state and interpersonal violence through teach-ins, letter writing campaigns, court support, Twitter town halls, and general awareness raising.

Metropolitan Family Services is a catalyst and resource empowering Chicagoland families to learn, to earn, to heal, and to thrive by providing and mobilizing the services needed to strengthen their families and communities.

The Middle Eastern Immigrant and Refugee Alliance fosters the well-being and self-sufficiency of resettled refugees and immigrants from the Middle East and beyond and uses their multilingual and multicultural expertise to tailor services to the unique needs of their clients.

The Mikva Challenge produces a civic engagement curriculum and an array of programming that develops youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society and inclusive democracy.

The National Association of Independent Schools is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S. Contains curriculum and instruction resources, information, and best practices from NAIS.

The National Public Housing Museum preserves, promotes, and propels the right of all people to a place where they can live and prosper—a place to call home—and is the only cultural institution devoted to telling the story of public housing in the United States.

The National Urban Indian Family Coalition conducts research and creates partnerships with tribes and American Indian organizations to build a movement that promotes advocacy, enhances resources, and mobilizes systems integrating Urban Indian issues in policy discussions and implementation.

The Prison Neighborhood Arts Project is a visual arts project created to discuss challenging topics and push the boundaries of our thinking by connecting teaching artists and scholars to the wealth of knowledge and perspectives of the men at Stateville Maximum Security Prison.

Project Nia is a grassroots organization using community-based alternatives to the criminal legal process to end the arrest, detention, and incarceration of children and young adults and promote restorative and transformative justice practices.

Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education engages, informs, and empowers parents to protect and strengthen public education in Chicago and Illinois, to eliminate inequities in public schools, and to work at the grassroots for the public good that is public education.

The Syrian Community Network is a refugee and immigrant support organization that envisions a US that is welcoming to all immigrants and refugees and works toward this by building community and addressing the evolving needs of families and the most marginalized in our communities.

Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with tools to create schools that encourage students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators who work with children from kindergarten through high schools that emphasize social justice and anti-bias and create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.

The Urban Institute is a Washington D.C.-based research organization dedicated to addressing the nation’s urban problems and evaluating the effectiveness of social and economic policies aimed at alleviating these problems.

Village Leadership Academy is a Chicago K-8 school offering a new approach to teaching and learning by emphasizing principles of social, political, and economic equity and a curriculum that brings the experiences and skills of students into the learning process.

Working Family Solidarity builds unity among low income families by fighting together for equitable development, economic justice, and by organizing around community issues such as immigration reform, criminal justice reform, health care improvement, and other social issues.

The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history—a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history—in middle and high school classrooms across the country.

These are data sources that include information about racial inequities across different metrics. This is not an exhaustive list and we welcome your suggestions for additions.

NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute serves as an international nexus of interactive research and exchange bringing together scholars, cultural producers, and communities to dispel socio-cultural and political misconceptions about Asians/Pacific America.

UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center seeks to expand our scholarly capabilities and deepen the public understanding of Asian American and Pacific Islander lives towards a healthy, just, democratic, and compassionate society for all.

Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy offers policy-relevant knowledge to international organizations, governments, policymakers, and businesses and conducts research, teaching, and training to educate the next generation of leaders in human rights policy and practice.

Berkeley’s Center for African Studies supports scholarly activities on a broad range of topics that address contemporary African issues through inter and intra-university, national, multinational, and cross-regional dialogues.

Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies hosts events, supports research and publications, and brings academics, artists, decision-makers, and entrepreneurs together to develop innovative policy solutions and enhance public understanding of Latin American culture and politics.

Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies promotes interdisciplinary study of the Middle East and North Africa in order to raise public awareness of the region’s diverse peoples, languages, cultures and their connection to wider global contexts.

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research is a hub for multi-disciplinary, collaborative work at Northwestern University dedicated to advancing scholarship, teaching, learning, and artistic or cultural practices related to Native American and Indigenous communities.

Berkeley’s Center for Research on Social Change uses social science research to investigate and illuminate the lived experiences of people profoundly affected by processes of social change such as immigration, globalization, economic restructuring, and technology.

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago expands the study of race beyond the black/white paradigm through interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public debate exploring social and identity cleavages within racialized communities.

The Chicago Justice Project is an independent, non-profit research organization that strives to access and analyze data from criminal justice agencies to promote evidence-based reforms that will better serve the justice needs of local communities.

UCLA’s Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles works to renew the civil rights movement by bridging the worlds of ideas and action and deepening understanding of the issues we must resolve to achieve racial and ethnic equity.

The Health and Medicine Policy Research Group is an independent policy center that conducts research, educates, and collaborates with others to generate policies that promote social justice and challenge inequities in health and health care.

The Insight Center is a national research, consulting, and legal organization dedicated to building economic health in vulnerable communities through policy avenues that allow all people to enjoy the benefits of our economic system.

The Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts conducts community-based research and provides data and education about Asian Americans to policymakers, service providers, educators, students, foundations, the media, and community groups.

Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies promotes teaching, research, and programming to foster interaction and facilitate deeper understanding among the academic, business, and professional communities on issues concerning the Asia-Pacific region.

DePaul’s Institute for Housing Studies is a research center working to provide reliable, impartial, and timely data and research to inform housing policy decisions and discussions about the state of housing in the Chicago region and nationally.

The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity provides objective research and education about American Muslims to support well-informed dialogue and decision-making. We envision an America where Muslims are thriving and equal and believe that relevant, rigorous research in the right hands will help us get there.

The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding at the University of Minnesota investigates and addresses the ways that laws, policies, and practices affect development patterns in US metropolitan regions, with particular focus on the growing social and economic disparities within these areas.

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice produces research, data, and policy analysis that engages civic and political leaders to implement solutions to critical urban issues, including education, governance, housing, mobility and transportation, resilience, and demographics.

Ohio State’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity uses interdisciplinary, engaged research that educates the public and supports social justice organizations in creating a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.

The Latino Policy Forum undertakes advocacy and analysis to improve education outcomes, advocate for affordable housing, promote just immigration policies, and engage diverse sectors of the Latino community in Chicago and beyond.

Roosevelt’s Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation facilitates scholar activism among students, faculty, and the community through an integrated curriculum, research, and outreach program focused on social justice issues and on developing socially conscious leaders.

Since 1934, the independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan Metropolitan Planning Council has developed, promoted, and implemented solutions for sound regional growth to shape a more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous greater Chicago region.

The National Association of Independent Schools is a nonprofit membership association providing curriculum and instruction resources, information, and best practices to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad.

The National Association for Multicultural Education provides resources to assist efforts to diversify education and has become the premier national and international organization committed to issues of equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice in schooling.

The National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan is creating a more equitable and inclusive society by catalyzing and elevating diversity research and scholarship and empowering an intergenerational community of diversity scholars and leaders.

The Native American and Indigenous Initiatives at Northwestern works to enhance the inclusion of Native American and Indigenous people by creating spaces where they are heard and their identities are honored.

New America is a civic platform connecting a research institute, technology lab, solutions network, media hub, and public forum in order to build democratic capacity and advance evidence-based public policies that will realize the ideals and renew the promise of America.

Berkeley’s Othering & Belonging Institute brings together researchers, organizers, stakeholders, communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society in order to create transformative change.

Prosperity Now uses in-depth research and proven policy solutions to make it possible for millions of people, especially people of color and those of limited incomes, to achieve financial security, stability, and, ultimately, build wealth and prosperity.

The Roosevelt Institute trains, develops, supports, and brings together progressive policymakers, researchers, and advocates to reimagine America as a place where hard work is rewarded, everyone participates, and everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity.

Duke’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity is a scholarly collaborative engaged in the study of the economic, political, social and cultural causes and consequences of inequality and in the assessment and redesign of remedies for inequality and its adverse effects.

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law works to make justice, equality, and opportunity work for everyone by bringing together lawyers, community leaders, and allies from across the country as the nation’s leading advocate for people living in poverty.

The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective US criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.

The Urban Institute is a Washington D.C.-based research organization that is dedicated to addressing the nation’s urban problems and evaluating the effectiveness of social and economic policies aimed at alleviating these problems.

The Woodstock Institute is a nonprofit research and policy organization working to create a just financial system in which lower-wealth persons and communities of color can achieve economic security and community prosperity.

These philanthropic organizations are active in Chicago funding racial justice work. This is not an exhaustive list and we welcome your suggestions for additions.

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy is a national membership organization dedicated to expanding and mobilizing philanthropic and community resources for underserved Asian American/Pacific Islander communities to build a more just and equitable society.

The Asian Giving Circle builds support for nonprofit organizations addressing the incredibly diverse Asian American community of Chicago, comprising more than 30 ethnic groups speaking hundreds of languages and dialects.

The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation leveraging collective knowledge, creativity, and resources to improve our region and create lasting community change via strategic grant making, civic engagement, and inspiring philanthropy.

The Crossroads Fund supports community organizations centering the people most affected by and experienced at confronting racial, social, and economic injustice and having the most significant impact in achieving social change in the Chicago area.

The Field Foundation supports organizations working to address systemic issues in divested communities and aims its grant-making toward the goal of community empowerment by funding nonprofits working in justice, art, media and storytelling, and leadership investment.

The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation supports organizations committed to addressing persistent problems resulting from poverty, violence, ignorance, and despair and envisions a Chicago that offers education, prosperity, and hope for all.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is committed to funding projects creating significant progress on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including advancing global climate solutions, decreasing nuclear risk, and promoting local justice reform in the U.S.

The Spencer Foundation is the only national foundation focused exclusively on supporting education research and invests in education research that makes education systems more equitable and increases opportunities to learn across the lifespan.

Woods Fund is a bold grant maker promoting social, economic, and racial justice by drawing on the power of community organizing and public policy advocacy that engages the people most impacted in fighting the brutality of structural racism and economic injustice.

These media organizations regularly cover racial and ethnic inequities in the region. This is not an exhaustive list and we welcome your suggestions for additions.

Block Club Chicago is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to delivering reliable, nonpartisan, and essential coverage of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and to building community through ground-level reporting of the city’s neighborhoods.

CAN TV is an independent nonprofit established in 1983 as the public’s space on Chicago cable television free of commercials, filters, and censors where you can see the diversity of people and ideas that reflect Chicago, including voices often excluded from the mainstream media.

The Chicago Reader is an independent media company creating and curating political and cultural coverage by and for Chicagoans, including highlighting underrepresented communities and stories since 1971.

The Chicago Reporter was founded on the heels of the civil rights movement of the 1960s to confront racial and economic inequality using the power of investigative journalism grounded in stories about Chicago, one of the most segregated cities in the US and a bellwether for urban policies.

City Bureau is a nonprofit civic journalism lab serving Chicago’s South and West Sides by bringing people together to produce media that is impactful, equitable, and responsive to the public.

ProPublica Illinois is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force and is dedicated to stories about big issues that affect people living and working in the state of Illinois.

Truthout is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to providing reporting and critical analysis anchored in principles of accuracy, transparency, and independence of corporate and political forces on a diverse range of social justice issues.

WBEZ is Chicago’s NPR news station, one of the largest and most respected public media stations in the country and a vital, indispensable source of enterprising news and information that engages a large, diverse audience and drives civic conversation.

These are data sources that include information about racial inequities across different metrics. This is not an exhaustive list and we welcome your suggestions for additions.

National Data Sources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a longitudinal survey collected annual since 1993. It includes a section called “reactions to race,” where it asks participants to identify their race and determine how other people identify and treat them on account of their race. BRFSS then offer a series of questions that probe at how often people think about their race and whether it affects their healthcare experiences.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also conduct the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), a continuous health survey of about 87,500 individuals a year that has been conducted since 1957. The study records information on basic health as well as various health topics that change periodically as certain information is needed. The NHIS is the primary source of information on health and physical wellbeing in the U.S. Individual-level microdata is also available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also hosts 500 Cities: local data for better health provides information on chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventative service use for the largest 500 cities in the U.S.

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau provides data tools and other information on lending.

The Diversity and Disparities Project at the Spatial Structures in Social Sciences at Brown University provides measures of inequality for metro areas and cities throughout the U.S. including levels of residential, school, and income segregation.

The Food Access Research Atlas at the United Stated department of Agriculture provides information on food access at the census-tract level across populations. The data also provide various measures of supermarket accessibility.

The General Social Survey at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago is a longitudinal survey that has been collected every two years since 1972. It features data that cover a wide variety of social and political attitudes, opinions, and behaviors of U.S. adults. Many of these data are race-centered.

The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data at the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council requires that financial institutions report data on home loans. This includes information on applicant demographic information, lender information, application materials, loan amounts, types of loans, and reason for denial of loan (when applicable). These data are geocoded by census track of the property that the loan is to be used for.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the largest repository for data on education in the U.S. The center includes information on K-12 school enrollment and achievement as well as patterns of college attainment and field of study.

The National Equity Atlas provides summarized data on race/ethnic diversity by state, region, and city in the U.S. across multiple measures of equity including wages, unemployment, education, and health.

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health at the Carolina Population Center at UNC, also known as Add Health, was initiated in 1994 by Congressional mandate to better understand health and risk behaviors, including personal traits, families, friendships, romantic relationships, peer groups, schools, neighborhoods, and communities. It is perhaps the most comprehensive survey of adolescents collected to date. The survey includes questions about social, economic, psychological and physical well-being and places each participant into a social context by asking about their family, community, and school.

The National Student Clearinghouse provides information on educational trajectories for students throughout the U.S., allowing researchers to determine rates of educational attainment by school of origin.

The National Archive of Juvenile Justice Data (NAJJD) is a data repository for research on criminal justice and juveniles. The NAJJD’s archive is run through the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan is the longest running longitudinal household survey that began in 1968 to measure employment, income, wealth, expenditures, health, marriage, childbearing, child development, philanthropy, education, and numerous other topics.

The Primary Care Service Area Project at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice provides data on proximity to primary care clinicians for individuals throughout the U.S. This dataset also includes information on primary care use among the elderly.

The Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics at the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation provides information on crime reported by local law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. Data are available for crime counts by city, county, state, and the nation.

The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics is the most comprehensive source of data for law enforcement and justice in the United States. BJS provides information on corrections, courts, crime, law enforcement, and victims of crime. Data is aggregated to varying geographical unit including municipality, zip code, and county.

The U.S. Census Bureau provides the most comprehensive source of demographic data in the United States. The Bureau runs multiple surveys. The Decennial Census and the American Community survey provide comprehensive socio-demographic information on the U.S. population. The Census of Governments reports information on public employment and state finance. Another survey run by the U.S. Census Bureau is the Economic Census which reports on businesses throughout the country. Data from the U.S. Census is available in various forms depending on the level of detail and unit of analysis.

Individual-level data geo-coded to PUMA (Public Use Microdata Area which generally follows county or country group boundaries) are available through the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series.

Census data aggregated to varying levels of geography are available through the National Historical Geographic Information System.

Data on specific geographical locations can be found on the Census Bureau data portal.

The Current Population Survey is a monthly survey of about 60,000 nationally representative households in the U.S. measuring labor force status, income, and socio-demographics. Individual-Level Data from the Current Population Survey is also available.

The Survey of Income and Program Participation consists of a series of nationally representative panels, each lasting an average of four years. This survey if often used to evaluate government program outcomes and includes a variety of information on economic wellbeing.

The Survey of Business Owners and Self-Employed Persons is taken every five years and collects sociodemographic and economic characteristics for business and their owners in the U.S.

The Annual Survey of State and Local Governments reports the revenue, expenditures, and assets for national, state, and local governments in the U.S.

Chicago Data Sources

The Chicago Health Atlas maps health outcomes and resources by neighborhood and zip code across
Chicago.

The Chicago Data Portal at the City of Chicago is run by the city government and provides the largest set of publicly available administrative data for Chicago. The portal includes information on city administration, property, education, environment, health, crime, and transportation. Data is compiled from several departments, including the Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Parks District, and the Department of Streets and Sanitation.

The Chicago Public Schools website provides data on school enrollment, composition, performance, and student/teacher/parent/guardian surveys by school and city-wide.

The Citizens Policy Data Project provides information on complaints files towards Chicago police officers by race, gender, and age of both complainant and the accused officer. The project also provides information on the outcomes of complaints. Data are geo-coded by ward, police beat, and neighborhood.

The Illinois Report Card contains data on academic performance, school environment, and student composition for public schools in the state of Illinois.

The Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University provides data on properties in the City of Chicago and surround counties. Property-level information is provided on foreclosures, property transfers, mortgages, delinquent property tax
sales, and other characteristics.