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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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.

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.

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.

A New Market Access Path for Repurposed Drugs

05/14/14   Repurposed drugs present the promise of enabling patients’ access to much-needed therapies sooner and at a lower cost.

AgTech: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Growth

04/24/14   The information technology revolution has prompted flights of fancy among some observers who seem to think we have transcended the physical bounds of economic activity.

Evaluating Firm-Specific Location Incentives: An Application to the Kansas PEAK Program

04/17/14   The use of financial incentives to attract and retain companies has become one of the most common economic development strategies of U.S. states and municipalities.

Think Locally, Act Locally: Building a Robust Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

04/16/14   This report analyzes behavioral patterns of entrepreneurs who participate in 1 Million Cups (1MC) Kansas City, a Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation program designed to engage, educate, and connect entrepreneurs.

The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity: 1996-2013

04/09/14   The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity is a leading indicator of new business creation in the United States.

Lessons for U.S. Metro Areas: Characteristics and Clustering of High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs

03/25/14   An open and culturally diverse environment helps promote high-tech entrepreneurship among both immigrants and the U.S.-born, according to a new research report released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Missouri Charter Schools and Teacher Pension Plans:How Well Do Existing Pension Plans Serve Charter and Urban Teachers

02/24/14   For decades, education has been a political football. From differing opinions over funding levels and diversity, to arguments over what to teach and how to teach it, education debates are often proxies for ideological disputes.