LEO News

New LEO Issue Brief on the Fiscal Case for Refugee Resettlment

New Research from LEO Co-Founder Bill Evans shows first-of-its-kind evidence of the fiscal case for the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.  Learn more in our Refugee Policy Brief March 2017

How Smartphones and Data Can Modernize Refugee Resettlement

LEO partner and CEO of Sparrow Mobile Matt Bauer discusses the RefugeeMobile project and how bringing together technology and research can improve the intergation of refugees into the U.S.

Co-Founder William Evans Presents Reseach on Refugees to USCCB

Evans and LEO Research Assistant Danny FItzgerald presented their research on the economic impact of refugees to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on November 15. The USCCB is the largest “voluntary agencies” tasked by the State Department with resettling refugees in the United States. 

LEO Faculty Affiliate Abigail Wozniak Reflects on her Time as a White House Adviser

Notre Dame Econimist and LEO Faculty Affiliate Abigail Wozniak spent the 2014-15 academic year giving non-partisan expert advice to the White House as part of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Check Out our Fall Newsletter!

The Fall 2016 edition of the LEO Newsletter has been released! Interested in receiving the newsletter via email? Join our list serve.

James Sullivan Testifies Before Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

On November 4, Sullivan presented recommendations developed by LEO regarding non-governmental demand for evaluation before the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking in Washington, D.C.

Chicago's NPR Station Features LEO Study Evidencing the Need for Homelessness Prevention Programs

WBEZ, Chicago's NPR radio station, invited LEO Co-Founder James Sullivan and Director of Catholic Charities Homelessness Prevention Call Center Noreen Russo to discuss the results of Sullivan's recent publication in Science MagazineListen to the full conversation.

Co-Founder James Sullivan Appears on WGN Radio to Discuss LEO Study on Homelessness Prevention

On August 12,  Sullivan spoke with WGN Radio Host Steve Grzanich on the Opening Bell. Highlighting the findings of his recent publication in Science Magazine, Sullivan explained the positive impact of homelessness prevention call centers. Listen to the full conversation.  

LEO Study on Homelessness Prevention Published in Science

Co-Founders Jim Sullivan and Bill Evans and recent Notre Dame grad Melanie Wallskog (Econ ’16) determined the impact of receiving emergency funding on those at risk of homelessness in Chicago. Learn more about the study.

LEO and JPAL to Co-Present at Catholic Charities’ 2016 Annual Gathering

On October 10th, LEO and J-PAL will join forces in Boston for a full day learning institute on Implementing Impact Evaluations at Catholic Charities USA’s 2016 Annual Gathering.

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.

Reading For Life Program Receives Well Deserved National Spotlight

An article in the South Bend Tribune explains the impressive statistics that prove why Reading for Life is one of only three programs in the country focused on helping disadvantaged youth. 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 Video Highlights Undergraduate Research Contributions

Undergraduate students work throughout the year on LEO's research projects. Learn more about their critical contributions in this video produced by the University of Notre Dame.

New CCUSA President Discusses Future of LEO Partnership in Philanthropy Interview

CCUSA announced the selection of Sister Donna Markham as the next President of CCUSA. In her first interview, she discusses LEO’s role in her future plans for CCUSA.  Read the entire interivew 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.

LEO Featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

An article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy features LEO's work with Catholic Charities Forth Worth. Read the full article.

LEO and Catholic Charities Forth Worth Featured in ND Commercial

LEO and Catholic Charities Forth Worth were featured in the  "What Would You Fight For" Commercial during the Notre Dame vs. Louisville football game on Saturday, November 22.  Watch the commercial online!

LEO Releases Fall Newsletter

The second edition of the LEO Newsletter has been released! Interested in receiving the newsletter via email? Join our list serve.

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

LEO Founders Delivered Keynote at Catholic Charities Annual Gathering

In October 2014, LEO Co-Founders William Evans and James Sullivan delivered the keynote address at Catholic Charities USA's Annual Gathering in Charlotte, NC.  Read more about the keynote here.

Increase in Support for Evidence-Based Policymaking

New federal budgets include increased funding for evidence-based policies. Read More about the push to see more randomized studies throughout the United States. 

LEO contributes to the growth of Department of Economics 

The University's new hiring initative allocates additional resources for expanding the faculty of the Department of Economics. Read more about Notre Dame's investment in faculty and research.