Commonwealth Policy Institute

The Women’s Network Commonwealth Institute for Policy Issues and Civic Engagement (CPI)

The emphasis of the Commonwealth Policy Institute is research leading to policy recommendations consistent with TWN’s goals.

Since its inception, it has released the following special reports:

Lifting Kentucky Families Out of Poverty – February 2021

Report on Criminal Justice Issues in Kentucky November 2019

2016 Issues Forum: Investing in Kentucky’s Future

Early Childhood Education: Bipartisan Solutions

Kentucky’s Energy Future…at the Crossroads

Education and Small Businesses: The Keys to Economic Security

A Fair and Adequate Tax Structure for the Twenty-First Century


Issues for study are approved by the TWN Board. Once issues for study are chosen, study committees are formed, consisting of Fellows and researchers with expertise in the area from both TWN and the community at large.

White papers summarizing research findings are distributed widely throughout Kentucky, and are used by TWN and its allies to support advocacy around study recommendations. They have been useful in TWN’s involvement in public education as well as with the legislature and Governor’s Office.