About Us

What we do

For over 20 years the Community-University Partnership (CUP) for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families has been working to improve the well-being of children, youth, families and communities. CUP is a unique collaboration among community members, researchers, practitioners, community organizations, funders, and policy makers in Edmonton and across Alberta. CUP's work involves creating and/or mobilizing evidence to improve practices, programs, and policies.

What Drives Our Work

Our Vision is:

Engaged communities that support the well-being of children, youth, and families.

Our Mission is:

CUP nurtures an environment where evidence contributes to effective practices, programs, and policies.



  • Informed decision-making
    The power of evidence to inform decisions and transform actions.
  • Diversity of knowledge
    Community partners bring a variety of knowledge, values, social norms, cultural backgrounds and contexts to contribute to research and its outcomes.
  • Engaged research
    Community partners from all sectors are engaged in developing, interpreting, and mobilizing evidence so it is relevant to all users.
  • Respectful partnerships
    True collaboration, engagement, and shared leadership between community and university partners is a key foundation to our work.
  • A culture of learning
    Reflection, evaluation, and learning are drivers of improvement and innovation.