The Kansas City Public Library


KCResearch seeks to provide access to all kinds of data and research studies about Kansas City or produced by Kansas City researchers. KCResearch librarians add information (metadata) to these resources to make them easier to find and use. If you need assistance using the site or researching a particular topic, please see the Help section or contact one of our expert librarians at or click on the contact links at the bottom of all pages on KCResearch.

KCResearch is useful for variety of users ranging from curious citizens to serious academic researchers needing data for projects and studies. The database will continue to update with new studies and information so that citizens on both sides of the state line and the surrounding areas can stay up to date with information vital to them and their communities.

All of the resources in KCResearch are available freely to the public. The project is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman foundation and it is managed by the Kansas City Public Library. No fees of any kind are accepted for accessing or submitting research to the site.

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KCResearch History

KCResearch was born in a Kauffman Research Forum in 2001, when participants discussing growth and development in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area suggested the creation of a web-based, searchable portal to provide access to high quality research and information relevant to Kansas City. After the initial idea The Kauffman Foundation, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), KU’s School of Public Administration, the UMKC Center for Economic Information and the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration formed the KCResearch Consortium to assist with the development of the project.

Since the Kansas City Public Library had the capacity to build and maintain the portal, KCResearch came under its guardianship, and it became the fiscal representative for the partnership with the Kauffman Foundation and the KCResearch Consortium.

KCResearch Mission Statement:

To facilitate research, analysis, awareness, and discussion of issues important to the citizens and organizations of the greater Bi-State Kansas City region through the collecting and provision of relevant research materials in a centralized web portal. Through the development of this resource, KCResearch hopes to foster a rich environment of scholarly communication and civic involvement in the region.

KCResearch Partners

Though this online portal is managed by the Kansas City Public Library, it relies heavily on the support of the following organizations:

The Kauffman Foundation
As one of the leading foundations in the United States, the Kauffman Foundation promotes quality entrepreneurship, education, advancing innovation, research and policy to preserve the legacy of its founder, Ewing Marion Kauffman.

Mid-American Regional Council (MARC)
A local non-profit focused on regional planning for the Kansas City Metropolitan Area (covering 9 counties and 120 cities), Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) promotes collaboration between the varying divisions of Kansas City's distinct geography. MARC focuses on developing leadership, conducting research, planning for progress and advocating action for regional issues at various levels.

KCResearch Librarians

Administrative Team

Crosby Kemper III, Chief Executive Officer
Cheptoo Kositany, Deputy Director
Henry Fortunato, Director of Public Affairs

Current Staff

Tom Lockwood, Metadata Librarian
David LaCrone, Digital Branch Manager

Former Staff

Carly Bachman
Jordan Fields
Heather Hill
Jessica Kopecky
Carrie Wade

Contact KCResearch

Phone -- Info: 816.701.3400 | TDD: 701.3403

KCResearch ® is the authoritative and unbiased source for all types of research about the Kansas City area as well as studies and reports done by Kansas City researchers. KCResearch also provides tools to inform users on current topics in research and facilitate conversation and collaboration between community members, whether they're professional researchers, entrepreneurs, students, or members of the general population.