Research

Our research is contributing to a more in-depth understanding of what drives innovation and economic growth in an entrepreneurial world, and best practices for improving academic achievement in Greater Kansas City.

With the goal of creating new knowledge about entrepreneurship, Kauffman conducts and supports research that informs our own education programs and that educates policymakers and the public about pro-entrepreneurship policies at all levels of government.

For research related to improving academic achievement, Kauffman focuses on Kansas City-area education issues and the development of a longitudinal database of student data from preschool through postsecondary.

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Little Town, Layered Ecosystem: A Case Study of Chattanooga

02/22/16   One physical vision of how entrepreneurship is started is by a spark of inspiration, sometimes between coworkers, sometimes in the classroom, sometimes in the shower.

Big Business Gets Dominant Share of Economic Development Incentives

10/20/15   An analysis of more than 4,200 economic development incentive awards in fourteen states finds that large companies receive dominant shares: 70 percent of the deals and 90 percent of the dollars.

Enabling Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

10/01/15   Inspired by research on the importance of entrepreneurship for sustained economic growth and improved wellbeing, many governments and non-governmental grant-making organizations have sought over the past decade to implement policies and programs intended to support entrepreneurs

The Regional Environment in Indianapolis: Insights From High Growth Companies

09/10/15   As with other “typical” cities in the Midwest, Indianapolis is often overlooked in academic studies, but has much to offer the research, practice, and policy communities interested in entrepreneurship and its benefits.

Making Entrepreneurial Growth Vibrant Again

07/28/15   Kauffman Foundation Director of Research and Policy E.J. Reedy addresses members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the role of entrepreneurship in creating economic opportunities for Americans.

Measuring an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

03/16/15   This paper offers twelve indicators and their sources for measuring the outcomes and vibrancy of a local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Measuring an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

03/16/15   This paper offers twelve indicators and their sources for measuring the outcomes and vibrancy of a local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Guidelines for Local and State Governments to Promote Entrepreneurship

03/10/15   This paper provides recommendations for how cities and states can promote entrepreneurship and begin to see results.

Guidelines for Local and State Governments to Promote Entrepreneurship

03/10/15   This paper provides recommendations for how cities and states can promote entrepreneurship and begin to see results.

Sources of Economic Hope: Women's Entrepreneurship

11/19/14   Accelerating female entrepreneurship could have the same positive effect on the U.S. economy that the large-scale entry of women into the labor force had during the 20th century.

Examining the Connections within the Startup Ecosystem: A Case Study of St. Louis

09/10/14   This paper documents the resurgence of entrepreneurial activity in St. Louis by reporting on the collaboration and local learning within the startup community.

Examining the Connections within the Startup Ecosystem: A Case Study of St. Louis

09/10/14   This paper documents the resurgence of entrepreneurial activity in St. Louis by reporting on the collaboration and local learning within the startup community.

Insights on the Next American Economy

08/07/14   The Roosevelt Institute's Next American Economy project identifies the trends and challenges that will shape our economy in the next twenty-five years to better inform the policy decisions we must make today.

2014 NCTQ Teacher Prep Review: A Review of U.S. Teacher Preparation Programs

06/02/14   With support from the Kauffman Foundation and 53 other foundations across the nation, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) published the second edition of its annual assessment of the colleges and universities producing America's traditionally prepared teachers.

Primer for Building an Effective Board for Growing Startup Companies

05/29/14   Having lived through two successful exit strategies in the last four years, served on a few startup boards, and mentored numerous budding entrepreneurs, I have concluded that putting together a board of directors for new companies that are beyond proof of concept often is not a top priority, but it really should be.