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Policy Briefs

Policy Centers




Pursuant to our think-tanks recognition and mission as a public service organization, CPI forms Centers to translate research into to nonpartisan policy solutions aimed at serving the Commonwealth - Kentucky's people, businesses, environment, and the balance in between.


As we move beyond pilot stage as a nonprofit & voluntary think tank, we are updating our Centers starting in 2024 and pursuing new partnerships.


We are seeking new research institute partners across the state for every Center. When a research institute partners with CPI to form a Center, CPI offers a valuable impact pathway allowing the input of research institute faculty to fuse throughout the lifecycle of our policy proposal development. This creates an opportunity for Kentucky's research institutes to place their mark on policy innovation and legislation, and for CPI to be research informed and evidence based in it's work - a partnership for Kentucky-Proud policy.


CPI is also recruiting new pro-bono Fellows to lead our Centers. If you are interested in serving as a leader in CPI, co-directing a Center bring Kentucky new solutions to support the Future of the Commonwealth, For the Commonwealth - then please reach out to us with an application on the "Join Us as a Fellow" page. We are seeking applicants to join our small team from early career stage to late career and near-retirement, across any variety of disciplines and trades that may be relevant to policymaking in each sector.


The Center Process




For Prospective Research Institute or Faculty Center Partners:




Fellows in each center first identify key issue areas from a synthesis of information - either from intake of legislator partners, stakeholders, and practical mixed method research. Identifying most-promising solutions from synthesizing feedback and analysis of data, CPI members then work with each Center to consult multiple policy drafts for feedback from internal center partners, networking with stakeholders, public officials, interest groups and individuals CPI is referred to by legislators, to evolve a data-driven policy solution that remains nonpartisan but is practically tailored to pass.

Centers publish resulting policy briefs freely on this website, and in the Commonwealth Policy Papers below. We work to see the introduction of solutions as local or state bills, and advocate directly to relevant lobbyists. CPI only pursues matters which are nonpartisan as reviewed by discretionary standards of the CPI advisory board. CPI Centers are Commonwealth-centric, with policy development focused around the state level and local level. Within this approach, CPI may occasionally conduct Congressional Summits for an idea exchange - a "trickle up" of broader aspects of state & local solutions to the federal level, and incorporating federal and Congressional feedback of staff into local level work.


  Archived Policy Publications


In addition to our web blog, CPI's s Advisory Board curates the open access Commonwealth Policy Papers publication in partnership with the University of Louisville's Department of Political Science & Institutional Repository. These are the indexed publications of government affairs briefs from CPI centers, which are formed from engaged policy development of centers.



Our advisory board reviews all indexed publications. Once published, these policy papers are linked into searchable research databases across the web.


CPI's policy publications include a collection of whitepapers, short briefs, and bill drafts developed from the policy initiatives of our centers. Our members and board then aim to distribute these to elected officials throughout the Commonwealth, and when able, surrounding states or for federal policy discussion where they may serve as a policy resource to legislators facing common challenges. By publishing in the Commonwealth Policy Papers, CPI's members are able to ensure the success of their work and preserve new ideas. 

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