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Learn more about how R2P engages with the world around us.

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City Clubs Team Up for Third Annual Chili Cookoff Competition in Wyandotte
February 16, 2024

Team Member Spotlight: Kelly Stec, Project Manager

While Kelly is transitioning from state government to consulting work, she continues to serve as Mayor Pro Tempore for her hometown of Wyandotte. Using her community organizing skills, Kelly founded and chairs the City Club Chili Cookoff. Now in its third year, the event brings together the city's nonprofits to raise funds for student clubs, holiday assistance for families, and other programs designed to support Wyandotte residents.

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Research to Practice Consulting Announces Strategic Partnership with Public Policy Associates
February 13, 2024

Research to Practice Consulting, LLC (R2P) and Public Policy Associates (PPA), two prominent Lansing-area firms, today announced a Strategic Partnership Agreement combining the expertise and experience of both firms on select proposals and projects.


“Working alongside PPA has already produced great results for our clients, and formalizing our collaboration will help advance our shared goal of quality outcomes for the people we serve,” said Emily Houk, President of R2P. “I am confident this will be a great fit for R2P as we continue turning research into action.” R2P and PPA have partnered to provide strategic consultation on several projects supporting the new Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP). Both R2P and PPA look forward to future collaboration. 

“We are extremely excited to partner with Emily Houk and her team at R2P,” said Rob Fowler, PPA’s CEO. “This partnership will allow us to meet the needs of our clients better, help more people, and improve the reach of our research. PPA remains committed to creating better public policy for a better world.” Under the terms of the agreement, the two firms will collaborate on targeted public policy projects by leveraging their respective strengths.

About R2P
R2P is a women-owned business specializing in project design and implementation. As experienced facilitators, problem solvers, and big thinkers, R2P fosters creativity, helps clients explore difficult problems, and works with teams to identify and implement actionable solutions. R2Ps areas of expertise include maternal and infant health, early childhood education, workforce development and population health.


About PPA
PPA provides high-caliber, high-value independent evaluation, research, and consulting services that helps clients to make smart public policy decisions that improve lives, enrich communities, and strengthen institutions. The organization specializes in education and child care, healthy communities, justice, talent and economic development policy. PPA’s staff and consultants combine extensive education, policy knowledge, research skills, and real-world expertise to design and implement studies and strategic planning.

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