Systemic racism and other forms of discrimination limit opportunity and economic wellbeing for many in society. CPR is committed to combatting structural inequality and embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our organization, our work, our impact, and our community.
CPR strives to increase diversity among our staff and our Board of Directors, as well as ensure that we are an inclusive workplace. CPR staff are continually learning about and reflecting on issues related to DEI. As a team, we meet regularly to read and discuss literature that informs an equity lens that we can apply to our work. We also attend external DEI trainings and conferences to learn and grow.
CPR conducts studies that assess programs and policies that affect individuals, children, and families excluded from America’s opportunity structure and experience poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, unemployment, and other forms of social and economic barriers. We generate evidence, using quantitative and qualitative research methods, that informs programs and policies to improve social and economic wellbeing. By incorporating the voices of participants with lived experience and engaging the populations and communities that are impacted by the programs and policies that we study, we generate an in-depth understanding of how they work and whether they meet their objectives.
CPR’s work has led to significant changes in policies and practices used in the child support program at national and state levels.
- CPR’s research on the child support debts that incarcerated parents with child support orders accumulate while they are in jail was used to support a federal rule that made it possible for such parents to reduce their obligations during their imprisonment.
- CPR’s research on the relationship between positive father-child contact and the payment of child support contributed to the establishment of the federal Access and Visitation Grant Program and the engagement of child support agencies in addressing parenting time and making mediation and other services available to parents in the program.
- CPR’s technical assistance has resulted in low income and shared parenting time adjustments in guidelines to establish child support orders in over 25 states.
- CPR’s research on the lack of direct communication between child support workers and the parents they serve contributed to a new focus on early outreach to clients to avoid child support delinquencies and the build-up of arrears.
- CPR’s research on the barriers to payment that many clients in the child support program face contributed to the national growth of fatherhood programs that provide un- and under-employed parents assistance with jobs, transportation, parenting, and re-entry following release from prison.
- CPR’s research on numbers of eligible families, child support receipts, and state costs supported Colorado’s decision to become the only state in the nation to passthrough and disregard 100% of child support paid to families receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.
CPR donates research and evaluation services to organizations that work with underserved populations. In 2003, CPR founded and began providing technical assistance and evaluation support to A+ Angels, a mentoring program that supports primarily Black, Hispanic, and immigrant students in a Denver high school. In 1993, CPR co-founded and began donating its services to compile annual assessments of student participation and outcomes in Scholars Unlimited, a community-based literacy program in Denver, that serves primarily Black and Hispanic students who need additional academic support. Despite the end of federal funding in 2019, CPR has continued to direct the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network (FRPN). FRPN seeks to expand research and services to positively engage low-income, nonresident fathers in the lives of their children and to advance father-supportive policies and programs at the state level.