The goal of CUP's research is to create, share, and mobilize knowledge in ways that can inform policy, practice, and evaluation to enhance the development of children, youth and families. Each project is guided through innovative community-based research partnerships that involve community and university partners from diverse sectors and disciplines.

CUP's research expertise and focus falls into six specific areas of interest:

Projects may address a single area of interest but more often than not, due to the interdisciplinary and multisectoral nature of our work, projects have wide ranging applications and implications that span more than one area of interest.