Community Research Partners was formed to comprehensively address community data and information needs, primarily in central Ohio. Brian Gallagher, then president of United Way of Central Ohio, envisioned a new nonprofit that could undertake cutting-edge research, evaluation, and community data work to support human services and community development programs and policy, with a goal of measuring the community impact of grantmaking. He secured commitments from the City of Columbus and the newly-formed John Glenn Institute at The Ohio State University, and this unique partnership was incorporated in 2000. In 2001, CRP hired an executive director and became an independent 501(c)(3). In 2006, Franklin County joined the partnership.
Since 2000, CRP's professional staff, working in collaboration with a network of university and consultant partners, has undertaken over 230 projects and programs for public sector, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations within and outside of central Ohio. In doing this work, CRP has built a reputation for high-quality, highly usable work that supports planning, policy, and action.
Community Data: Empowering the community CRP collects, analyzes, and makes available original and secondary data to enhance understanding of community conditions, trends, resources, and needs. This information supports planning, policy, and action by funders, program providers, and residents.
Research and Evaluation: Discovering what is...to inform what could be. CRP designs and conducts program evaluation and applied research that address local, state, and national programs and issues, builds the knowledgebase in critical areas, and measures the impact of program investment.
Public Policy: Impacting public dialogue CRP provides data and research, and works in collaboration with other state and local groups, to support public policy options that improve the lives of low-income and disadvantaged persons and that strengthen Ohio's economy and communities.
Products. CRP presents the results of our work in clearly written, accessible, and user-friendly products. We create innovative methods and useful tools for program development and policy making.
Areas of Expertise. CRP works in a wide range of fields, including human services, education, health, housing, employment, safety, community development, and race and diversity. Our policy expertise includes community indicators, demographics, early child care and education, K-12 education, adult education and training, affordable housing and homelessness, and poverty and the working poor. This enables us to bring a holistic perspective to our work with a wide range of policy makers, funders, and community organizations.
CRP is a model of a government, philanthropic and university partnership that improves communities, because of our distinctive capacity to: