Roosevelt University Institute for Metropolitan Affairs
IMA was created in 1989 to address social policy issues through policy analysis and strategic community planning. In order to be responsive to the diverse interests of the university and its faculty, IMA engages in a broad array of research areas that impact the Chicago metropolitan area including: community development, criminal justice, drug policy, education, poverty studies, race relations, and social service provision. In pursuit of its mission, the Institute focuses on a number of activities: conducting research aimed at illuminating the issues underlying public policy development and implementation in the Chicago area, providing technical assistance to institutions operating in the metropolitan area, and involving students in authentic research experiences and providing them with opportunities for financial support. Its recent work focuses on several areas of expertise: substance use issues, drug education for youth, mental health and social service provision, alternatives to incarceration and re-entr
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