Through more than 50 grant-funded projects, the Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR) works to optimize the well-being of children, youth, and families.

Our partners are diverse and so are the kinds of social problems we tackle— including reducing infant mortality rates, ensuring 3rd graders are reading at grade level, helping middle schoolers learn essential STEM skills, and guiding families on food assistance toward fulfilling careers and a living wage.

The need is great, and the work is critical. We rely on dedicated people and strong partnerships to forge a path toward healthy, happy, thriving communities for us all.

Achievement & Assessment Institute (AAI)

at the University of Kansas

AAI is a research center at KU focused on improving the performance of students, adults, and public agencies throughout local, state and national communities. CPPR is one of AAI’s five targeted centers representing a range of services and programs:

AAI and its centers partner with agencies to improve the lives of children and adults through academics, employment, career advancement, and building healthy environments, as well as to enhance the capacity of organizations that help children, adults, and communities succeed.

AAI was established in 2012 through the merger of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, established in 1983, and the Institute for Educational Research and Public Services, established in 1997. Both organizations have long track records of successfully building partnerships and programs that support the achievement of young children, school-aged children, adults and publicly funded agencies.

Effective July 1, 2013, AAI was recognized by KU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies as one of just 12 designated university research centers and institutes.

As part of its mission, AAI also provides KU faculty support and encouragement related to research in improving the performance and enhancing the achievements of students, adults and public-sector agencies. The Institute and its five centers also provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to obtain valuable research and on-the-job employment experience while at KU.