Founded in 2005 as the J. McDonald Williams Institute, the mission of the Institute for Urban Policy Research is to provide research and evaluation, education and outreach, and project guidance and consulting services to inform, motivate, and inspire community-focused organizations that improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.
Our diverse staff recognizes the value of a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, and brings a wealth of experience to each project we engage. We believe that our dedication to applying state-of-the-art, proven tools to solve problems empowers our clients to shape their future rather than being pushed by the current. At the end of the day, our clients know that they can depend on us for innovative, professional ... [Extend]
The Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement (VC) is a unit of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since its founding in 1978, the Center has been guided by the mission to improve the quality of life for all residents of the City of Chicago and the metropolitan area through research and technical assistance to organizations and local government agencies in their efforts to revitalize the many and varied neighborhoods and communities.
The Voorhees Center works in collaboration with faculty and involves urban planning and policy graduate students in its work so that they may acquire practical experience in research and policy analysis through their work on Voorhees projects ... [Extend]
The Vance Avenue Collaborative project grew out of a request from local pastors and residents of a low-income neighborhood for assistance during redevelopment of Cleaborn Homes, one of the oldest and largest public housing projects in the city.
Over a nine-month period, students and faculty led a variety of departments, universities, and organizations in an extensive neighborhood planning campaign designed to allow residents to voice their opinions and take ownership of the plan. With almost 200 resident interviews, hundreds of participants, and several focus groups, the initiative produced an extensive planning document that will guide the implementation of a comprehensive community plan.
Lawrence CommunityWorks (LCW) is a nonprofit community development corporation working to transform and revitalize the physical, economic, and social landscape of Lawrence. We do this with a growing network of residents and stakeholders who are:
· Engaged in building family and community assets,
· Providing each other with caring and mutual support,
· Building leadership and civic engagement skills, and
· Engaging in collective action for positive growth and change in Lawrence
The Rutgers Community Outreach Partnership Center (RCOPC) is a university initiative, managed by the Center for Urban Policy Research, to assist community-based organizations in the revitalization of the West Side Park neighborhood in the Central Ward in Newark, New Jersey. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Rutgers University jointly fund RCOPC. The West Side Park Community, home to approximately 15,000 residents residing in the neighborhood's 120 square blocks, is Newark's target area for New Jersey's Urban Coordinating Council initiative (UCC), which aims to coordinate state services through community-based planning. The Newark Community Development Network (NCDN) sponsors the UCC community based planning effort in West Side Park under the aegis of t... [Extend]