To create lasting change for women and
their families, Women’s Foundation focuses
on relevant research and strategic partnerships.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT RESEARCH
IN 2014, THE WOMEN’S FOUNDATION COMMISSIONED A RESEARCH STUDY LED BY DR. BARBARA KERR, A RESEARCHER AND PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, WITH THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES:
Gain descriptive information about women’s attitudes towards civic engagement
Compare responses at three levels of civic engagement
Draw themes from small groups.
After three months of online surveys, focus groups, and analysis, the results highlight there are significant barriers that keep women from becoming involved in Kansas City boards and commissions.
READ THE REPORT HERE
Occupational Licensing and Women Entrepreneurs in Missouri
Marking Women’s Small Business Month in 2017, Women’s Foundation released research and outlined solutions to lower occupational licensing barriers that restrict entry into certain professions and make it harder for women to start their own businesses: Occupational Licensing and Reciprocity in Missouri and the U.S. and Alternatives to Occupational Licensing in Missouri and the U.S.
Read Occupational licensing & reciprocity in Missouri & the U.S. HERE.
READ ALTERNATIVES TO OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING IN MISSOURI AND THE U.S. HERE.
READ THE "FACTS AND FINDINGS" SUMMARY HERE.
During Global Entrepreneur Week 2016, Women’s Foundation released findings in a new research report: Occupational Licensing and Women Entrepreneurs in Missouri. The research study was conducted in partnership with the University of Missouri Truman School Institute of Public Policy and with the generous support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
It found that occupational licensing, while intended to protect the safety and well-being of the public, can often create unnecessary barriers for women entrepreneurs by restricting entry and re-entry into professions, reducing employment, and creating economic inequity. This research shows removing these barriers will meet one of Women’s Foundation’s key goals of empowering more women to become entrepreneurs.
Women's foundation is pleased to share the 2016 report here. a fact sheet SUMMARIZING the research is available here.
PROJECT DIANE RESEARCH
Women's Foundation partnered with the University of Kansas researchers and included a large-scale survey and analyzed 24 focus groups with 198 Special Forces men and women in order to identify potential barriers and benefits to female integration in Special Forces. The findings can also be applied in other male-dominated professions in the civilian workforce.
READ THE PROJECT DIANE REPORT HERE.
STATUS OF WOMEN IN KANSAS RESEARCH
In 2015 the Women’s Foundation commissioned a study on the status of women in Kansas with the University of Kansas's Center for Science Technology & Economic Policy. The full study was released in March 2016, and will provide a baseline for continued research that will inform reasonable policy solutions for women and their families.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FACULTY AND RESEARCHERS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, THE WOMEN'S FOUNDATION IS PLEASED TO SHARE THE 2016 REPORT HERE.
status of women in missouri RESEARCH
In effort to better identify areas of concern for women of all ages that require policy solutions, Women's Foundation commissioned a study on the status of women in Missouri with the University of Missouri's Institute of Public Policy. This study was initially released in January 2015. Ongoing research was conducted and new findings were released in January 2017.