The Project on Political Reform



Community Action Bureau

Harris Students:  Do you want to feel more engaged in our surrounding communities? Want to develop valuable experience in Public Sector Consulting and Management?  Join the COMMUNITY ACTION BUREAU (CAB), a joint project of PPR and the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement. 

Who We Are

We are policy entrepreneurs who partner with not-for-profits that focus on community development in the south and mid-south sides of Chicago. Our goal is to use the skills and knowledge we bring to or develop at Harris to contribute meaningfully to our partners' efforts. That means we provide expertise and assistance in improving organizational efficiency, service delivery, impact measurement, and other strategic needs.

We do this because we believe the best and most thoughtful solutions to community issues are generated by community members and that civic engagement is central to our Chicago Harris training. 

The CAB Fellowship 

Starting Winter Quarter, CAB will introduce fellowships for selected candidates to engage in comprehensive quarter-long projects with key Southside non-profit organizations. For 10-12 weeks, and approximately 2-3 hours per week, you will serve as a consultant with the organization to address some of their most pressing needs. These projects will involve a broad range of Public Policy Leadership skills and each fellow will work directly with the organization.

Applications for the winter CAB Fellowships are now available! And the list of CAB Fellowship projects is also available.

Hands-on Skills Development 

In order to prepare students for these exciting projects, CAB is hosting professional development sessions in the fall and winter quarters that focus on specific skills to ensure success and professional enrichment for each CAB Fellow. (But you don't have to be an aspiring CAB fellow to attend. The sessions are open to all Harris students.) 

Skills utilized in the past include (but are not limited to!): data collection and interpretation, impact analysis, business development, community needs assessment, nonprofit management, program evaluation, project management.

Our first professional development session was on Thursday November 10th. We discussed best practices for managing a non-profit organization and heard from Pat Mosena, President of Options for Youth, Inc.

Our second session was held on November 29th. The topic was Essential Technical Skills For Program Evaluation.  The program focused on crucial program evaluation techniques and skills, such as Basic Stata Analysis, LaTex, Information Systems Training, Survey Methodologies, etc. 

For More Information

Please contact the CAB co-chairs in the far right column.

Applications for the winter CAB Fellowships are now available! And the list of CAB Fellowship projects is also available.