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EduDream combines Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation (CREE) principles and rigorous research methods to produce insights that catalyze impactful action.

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EduDream approaches every partnership in a collaborative manner and embeds CREE principles across our work.

Our Work

High-quality, rigorous, and accessible work that will empower and motivate you to make decisions grounded in equity and evidence-based practices.

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Collaborative research that elevates the voices of racially and economically diverse students, families, and communities.

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A multi-year, actionable research initiative generating evidence to advance policy dialogue on K12 education.

EduDream - About Us

About Us

EduDream is a Latina-founded, women-owned, and equity-focused research consulting firm that partners with nonprofits, foundations, and education institutions to provide culturally responsive and community-centered research and strategy. Led by a team of experts, EduDream redefines what’s possible for education research.


Chicago Latine Needs Assessment: 3-Part Series

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Michelle Oliva, Monica Martinez


June 25, 2021



For Chicago to remain an economic powerhouse, the Latine community must prosper through quality educational experiences, community programming, postsecondary and career training, and employment opportunities that provide livable wages. In other words, a college and career-ready workforce will be essential to the city’s future. Building a college and career-ready workforce begins with meeting community residents’ social, emotional, and educational needs. A comprehensive needs assessment is the first step in assessing the educational needs and opportunities in a community. Explore the executive summary from the needs assessment that addresses five main areas EduDream conducted in 2019.

    1. Understanding Latine Families
    2. Community Assets
    3. Challenges for Latine Families
    4. Educational Needs of Children
    5. Youth Basic Needs of Children and Youth

Data Brief

To understand the unique context of the seven predominantly Latine communities in Chicago, we began by examining data trends across four key topics — population and demographics, social and economic conditions, health outcomes, and crime and violence. We also examined publicly available education data (K12 and postsecondary) to understand the educational landscape as well as education options available for children in the seven communities.

Listening to the Community

This report presents findings from deep dives into three focus communities: Chicago Lawn, Little Village, and South Chicago. The findings emerged from in-depth data collection from 79 community stakeholders including community leaders, educators, and parents.