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Policy Research Collaborative (PRC) at Roosevelt University is an applied research center that strengthens metropolitan communities by collaborating with Chicago area community partners whose mission is to alleviate societal inequalities.

Mission

Since 1945, Roosevelt University has promoted mutual understanding, inclusion, and action toward social justice. One hallmark of the Roosevelt University experience, as articulated in its mission statement, is “strong student-faculty interaction and engagement with metropolitan Chicago as both a laboratory for learning and as an expression of its commitment to social justice.”

Policy Research Collaborative (PRC) at Roosevelt University strengthens metropolitan communities by collaborating with Chicago area community partners whose mission is to alleviate societal inequalities. PRC engages in research with a goal of impacting programming and policies using a collaborative approach involving community partners, Roosevelt faculty, and students. PRC enriches and expands Roosevelt University students’ learning by providing them the opportunity to apply research skills and participate in community-engaged research projects.

Research and Evaluation Areas

Policy Research Collaborative, housed in Roosevelt University’s College of Arts & Sciences is committed to collaborating on research in the following four interrelated fields.

  • Racial and Ethnic Equity
  • Housing Equity 
  • Youth Development
  • Health Justice
How PRC Works

Policy Research Collaborative is committed to the development and implementation of a community-based, collaborative research model and approach.

  • PRC works to strengthen metropolitan Chicago communities by collaborating with community partners whose mission is to alleviate social problems, address inequality, and create positive social change.
  • PRC carries out applied research, working with a broad range of community partners as faculty and students from a variety of disciplines.
  • PRC is committed to conducting high quality, rigorous research that informs policy and supports partner organizations to achieve their goals and objectives.
  • PRC uses a team-based approach, emphasizing inclusion, collaboration, and reciprocal learning both internally and externally. We collaborate with partners to develop proposals, budgets, and coordinate research teams carrying out projects.
  • PRC builds and maintains ongoing relationships with our partners.
  • PRC trains the next generation of leaders by fully integrating graduate and undergraduate students into our research efforts, introducing them to new issues, providing research training and professional development, and connecting them to communities and partners.
Contact Information

Michael Maly, PhD.
Director | Prof of Sociology
mmaly@roosevelt.edu | 312-341-3769

Julie Hilvers, PhD.
Associate Director
jhilvers@roosevelt.edu | 312-341-3758