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Public Policy Centers

Pursuant to our think-tanks recognition and mission as a public service organization, CPI forms Centers to translate research to public policy, and develop new policy to serve the greater-good of the Commonwealth.


As we move beyond pilot stage as a nonprofit & voluntary think tank, our partnered Centers are still at an early stage. It is a key focus of our strategic plan to grow our Centers across research groups in the state university system, as we continue to recruit Fellows as principal members. Our centers are born from a working partnership between CPI and university research institutes, that then connects with stakeholders and legislators in each sector to build state & local policy solutions.


Our work connected to CPI Centers is published on this page, and in CPI's Commonwealth Policy Papers facilitated by the University of Louisville repository.


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. All CPI Centers require a minimum degree of university faculty involvement - which we are looking to grow. CPI addresses policy areas focused on by state committees within each of our broader themed centers.


The Center Process

Policy teams in each center first identify key issue areas from a synthesis of information - either from legislator partners, stakeholders, practical mixed method policy research, or Associates screening a set of initial proposals on issue topics with legislators. Identifying most-promising solutions from synthesizing feedback and analysis of data, CPI members work with each Center to consult multiple policy drafts for feedback from internal center partners, networking with stakeholders, public officials, interest groups and individuals refered to by legislators, to evolve a research-based policy solution that remains nonpartisan and is practically tailored for passage.

Likewise, CPI practitioners are in the process of working to bring on new Center partners, and look across the research output of Kentucky research institutes relevant to state & local policy and key committee areas, to monitor or build policy recommendations from that research and issues of focus. CPI will soon be in the process of developing a regular hybrid caucus meeting of partners in each Center to meet throughout the year on this process.


Centers publish resulting policy briefs freely in the Commonwealth Policy Papers below, and work to see the introduction of solutions as local or state legislation. 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 where appropriate. Within this approach, CPI conducts Congressional Summits to "trickle up" broader aspects of state & local solutions to the federal level, and incorporates federal and Congressional feedback on CPI's Commonwealth centric work.


  Archived Policy Papers


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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