Northwestern Network and Neighborhood (N3) Initiative

Project: Research project

Project Details


This sponsored support is for general support of the N3 research group within the Institute for Policy Research.

The Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative (N3) promotes new ways for faculty,
experts, and students at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research to engage
communities, civic partners, and policymakers to address core problems facing the residents of
Chicago and surrounding communities. Specific projects and types of engagement are linked by
a focus on how the social relationships among networks, geographic communities, and the
constellation of groups, organizations, and civic partners affect what we feel, think, and
do—and how understanding, building, and leveraging this sort of network-thinking can
improve neighborhoods, the city, and our region.
N3 was founded in 2018 by Professor Andrew Papachristos, Professor of Sociology and Faculty
Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research. N3’s Executive Director, Soledad McGrath, joined the
team in May 2020 to help expand N3’s engagement at the policy level and lead N3’s
development and strategic growth. N3 currently has a core team of nine diverse professionals
and is expected to continue rapid growth to meet the demand for its work. In addition, more
than 10 graduate and undergraduate students are involved in N3’s projects. In addition to Circle
of Service, N3 has received support from local and national funders that include the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Arnold Ventures, the McCormick Foundation, Chicago CRED,
the Steans Family Foundation, and the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation.
Effective start/end date12/16/2012/15/22


  • Anonymous Foundation (VI) (Papachristos AGMT 5/10/21)


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