Research Update: LEO Presents Preliminary Results of Homelessness Prevention Study

On Friday, November 6, the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) gathered with several service agencies, foundations, and governmental entities to discuss the current state of homelessness in Chicago. First, LEO’s co-founder, Jim Sullivan, took part in the panel “Strategies to Prevent and Alleviate Homelessness,” hosted by the Donors Forum to assess the status of homelessness prevention techniques. This panel also featured presenters from Sarah’s Circle, the Chicago office of US Housing and Urban Development, and the Polk Bros. Foundation. Read the full article. 

LEO Presents Research at Shamrock Series

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Economics hosted a panel, “Combining Research and Practice to Serve the Poor.” Alongside panelists from the Economics Department, Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL North America), LEO co-founder Jim Sullivan discussed research initiatives and findings.  LEO co-founder and Chair of the Economics Department, Bill Evans introduced the panel and highlighted the importance of bringing together researchers and practitioners to do this important work. Read the full article.

White House Report on Juvenile Offender Diversion Program Highlights Project With LEO Ties

A White House Council of Economic Advisers report includes an account of Reading for Life, a local juvenile diversion program being evaluated by LEO.  Read the full article.

Reading For Life Receives National Recognition by White House

An article in the South Bend Tribune features the Reading For Life Program’s recognition by the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Read the full article

Professor James Sullivan Testifies Before Subcommittee on Nutritional Assistance Programs

James Sullivan spoke before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee of Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition hearing on “Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: Developing and Using Evidence-Based Solutions", emphasizing the importance of rigorous program evaluations.  Read the full article.

LEO Receives $435,000 NIH Grant to Study Impact of Community College Intervention Program 

LEO researchers have been awarded a $435,000 grant from the National Institute of Health to study the impact of Catholic Charities Fort Worth’s community college intervention program, Stay the Course.  Read the full announcement here

LEO Affiliate Melissa Kearney and Catholic Charities Featured in Washington Post

LEO Affiliate Professor Melissa Kearney’s research on the “college trap” is featured in this Washington Post article. Read the full article discussing her work on the LEO evaluation of Catholic Charities Fort Worth’s Stay the Course program here. Read more about LEO’s evaluation of Stay the Course here.

LEO Endowed with $15 Million Gift from the Wilson Sheehan Foundation

The Wilson Sheehan Foundation has made a $15 million gift to the University of Notre Dame to endow the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO). Read More


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