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

Ventures Approach: $25,000 Grand Prize Winner

CPPR’s Child Care Planning Assessment Tool receives $25,000 Grand Prize

The University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research was awarded the $25,000 grand prize for their Child Care Planning Assessment Tool.

Sunflower Summer Case Study

Partner Acceleration in Action: Sunflower Summer Synopsis The Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR) employs change makers who translate ideas into action.
Participants in "Camping with the Commissioner" at Tuttle Creek participated in a variety of activities including this hiking trip.

Thousands of Kansas families connect with free learning experiences

Change Makers: CPPR is known for translating ideas into action. CPPR connected with a variety of state agencies and organizations across Kansas to bring the Sunflower Summer program to life. It began as an idea in a conference room, and in less than two months it became a fully implemented program…
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.