Community Research Partners started with an idea – the idea that we need high quality data to inform the conversation, whether that conversation is about health, housing, economics, education, workforce development or neighborhood change. CRP was created to undertake cutting-edge research, evaluation, and community data work to support human services and community development programming, with a goal of measuring the community impact.


An initial conversation between United Way of Central Ohio, the City of Columbus and the newly-formed John Glenn Institute (now the John Glenn School of Public Policy) at The Ohio State University resulted in our unique partnership in 2000. In 2001, CRP hired its first executive director and became an independent 501(c)(3). In 2006, Franklin County joined the partnership.


Since its inception, CRP’s professional staff, working in collaboration with a network of university and consultant partners, has undertaken hundreds of projects 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.