Loyola University Chicago

Center for Field Innovation, Research, Strategy, and Training (C-FIRST)

School of Social Work


To ensure every individual and community has access to state-of-the-art intervention.

C-FIRST was conceived as a center to engage intensive practice-based and practice-led research aimed at bringing practical and evidence-based interventions to address the unique challenges faced across Chicago and suburban communities. Through collaborative partnerships with government and community organizations, C-FIRST aims to bring real world sustainable and relevant solutions by focusing on policy, organizational and workforce development.  Evidence-based practices and other successful approaches and interventions derived from research should be portable, replicable and published (albeit “working knowledge”) whenever possible.