The Collaborative works with directors of policy from the Governor’s Office, the Rhode Island Senate, and the Rhode Island House of Representatives to determine research areas which will inform public policy. This year, scholars will focus their research on economic development in the state.
In their research project “Analyzing the State of Local Business and Organizational Purchasing in Rhode Island“, researchers Dawn King and Joseph Ilacqua provide a snapshot of local purchasing in Rhode Island, including the local purchasing trends for large Rhode Island institutions and corporations.
The Collaborative offers multiple research opportunities for participation from our Resource Network members. Within each Collaborative research area, several levels of funded research projects will take place. By approaching the research areas posed by policy leaders in multiple ways, the Collaborative is able to provide a holistic view of the topic area along with in-depth data and evidence with specific implications for Rhode Island.
To see the research areas for our 2014/2015 Research Cycle, please visit our News & Updates page.