Innovative Approaches


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Building strong tomorrows

At CPPR, we seek out new and creative solutions that support communities as they build strong tomorrows for families and create the future we all want to see.

Futures Thinking

When it comes to the welfare of children, youth, and families, we are not content with the status quo. Our work has us imagining the possibilities and recognizing our power to drive the future we want. We imagine a world where everyone has what they need to thrive, and we are constantly scanning for innovative ways to build the tomorrow we want to see.

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Data Visualization

Our data scientists and designers work hand in hand to transform complex ideas and unwieldy data into visualizations, reports, and tools that direct service providers, community members, and leaders can use to understand where they are, and where they can go in order to achieve their goals.

Transforming data into engaging visualizations

Graphic Recording

At events or meetings, our graphic recorder uses visual language – hand-drawn images artfully combined with key words and phrases – to capture in real time the major themes, big ideas, and goals shared during a gathering. The completed mural is an engaging chronicle of the work that helps people make connections, solve problems, and lead.

Graphic Recording from Governor Kelly's session at the 2019 Governor's Symposium

Strategic Thinking, Communications, and Design

The work of creating social change is complex. We offer services to help our partners clarify the multifaceted issues they face—translating complex ideas into accessible forms. Our team of graphic designers, videographers, artists, and strategic communicators can create tools, from websites to reports, that help promote understanding and inform decision making.

The Children's Cabinet Annual Report

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The Latest at CPPR

Applied Research, Incubation at CPPR

CPPR’s first Incubation Process Cohort is beginning the groundwork for MVPs

The Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR) has selected the first cohort of the Incubation Process. Four teams of CPPR employees presented their incubation projects on Pitch Day, Oct.
Partner Acceleration, “We want to keep families together.”  ~ Meghan Cizek, CPPR assistant director & co-investigator

KU lands grant to help transform foster system, keep children in the home

Better World: CPPR paired with outstanding partners and passionate community members are creating transformative solutions that will help us transition from a system that reacts to problematic home situations to one that provides resources and meets family and community needs to prevent children…
One bright lightbulb in a line of dark ones.

CPPR’s Incubation Process supports employees to make their ideas happen

Great Workplace: Innovation is nothing new at CPPR but there is now a formalized Incubation Process in place to support all staff as they dream big and grapple with that new idea or problem they have been mulling over for months or years.
Kansas Future Fellows

CPPR’s unique program provides opportunities for statewide change around issues affecting children and their families

Future Thinkers: At CPPR, we are harnessing foresight to take on tomorrow’s challenges and create opportunities in Kansas. In September, CPPR launched the first structured, statewide network of ambassadors dedicated to futures thinking strategies for advancing solutions to problems experienced by…