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. Current Research Areas
We hope that you can join us on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for the third event in our Public Policy Speaker Series. The events in this series feature Rhode Island scholars discussing a variety of policy topics. For more information about this event and to register, please click here.
Learn more about how Rhode Island is working with The Collaborative and the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative to support public policy in the state in the article “Strength in Numbers: Crunching the Numbers to Avoid Costly Mistakes” published in the May 2015 edition of Rhode Island Monthly.
“The U.S. is one of the only developed nations that doesn’t guarantee workers paid leave to care for a newborn child or a sick family member.”
In the new research article, Ensuring Paid Family Leave Pays Off, Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Rhode Island, discusses the utilization of Paid Family Leave in the United States and examines the effectiveness and economic impact of these programs.
This project was developed as part of The Collaborative’s initiative to engage undergraduate students in research for state leaders. Rachel-Lyn Longo, a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island, worked under the direction of Professor Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz on this project.
“Repairing bridges and keeping them in good condition requires funding and resources. How can Rhode Island improve its bridge infrastructure in an efficient and cost-effective way?”
Nicole Martino, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Roger Williams University, examines how other states maintain and fund their infrastructure projects and discusses strategies that can help improve Rhode Island’s infrastructure in her new research article The Road to Better Bridges: Strategies for Maintaining Infrastructure.
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.