Our mission at The College & University Research Collaborative is to:

→ increase the use of non-partisan academic research in policymaking
→ provide an evidence-based foundation for government decision making in RI

The Collaborative has developed a Resource Network of experts from Rhode Island’s 11 colleges and universities, creating a public/private partnership that moves research into action.


We are pleased to announce the funding of 16 new research projects that explore a variety of topics in the areas of Energy, Higher Education, Infrastructure, Municipal Services, Regional Competitiveness, Social Services, and Workforce to support public policy in Rhode Island.

Click here to learn more about these new research projects.

Registration Now Open: Launch Event – February 8, 2016


Please join us on February 8, 2016, to celebrate the launch of the new Rhode Island Arts & Culture Research Network, an initiative of the Rhode Island State Council On The Arts (RISCA) and The Collaborative.

Discussion at this event will focus on the role of arts & culture in Rhode Island’s: Economy, Education, Healthcare, Community Development, and Environment, and a new grant opportunity will be announced.

The event will be held at 4:00 PM at the Providence Biltmore in the Garden Room. (Registration will begin at 3:30 PM.)

To learn more about the Rhode Island Arts & Culture Research Network, please click here.

Click here to RSVP for this event.

FOCUS ON RESEARCH: Ensuring Paid Family Leave Pays Off


“Paid family leave, known in Rhode Island as Temporary Caregiver Insurance (TCI), ensures people have the capacity to take time off work to care for their family by providing partial replacement for lost wages and, in Rhode Island, guaranteeing their jobs will be available when they return.”

In the research brief, Ensuring Paid Family Leave Pays Off, Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, and Student Researcher Rachel-Lyn Longo, University of Rhode Island, examine the utilization and implementation of Paid Family Leave programs and look at ways to help improve the accessibility of these programs.

Click here to read the research brief.

FOCUS ON RESEARCH: “Rhode Island Unemployment: Is There Labor Market Mismatch?”

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“Economists and policymakers have voiced concerns that labor market mismatch (sometimes called structural unemployment) contributed to the high levels of unemployment experienced in the U.S. since the Great Recession. What role has mismatch played in Rhode Island, which has had one of the highest unemployment rates in the country in recent years?”

Brown University scholar, Neil Mehrotra, Ph.D., examines the potential causes of Rhode Island’s high unemployment rate in the new research project Rhode Island Unemployment: Is There Labor Market Mismatch?

Click here to read the research brief.


IN THE MEDIA: The Collaborative in Rhode Island Monthly

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.

Click here to read the full article.

Join our Resource Network


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.


Featured Resource Network Members

  • Beth Mosher

    Beth Mosher


    Rhode Island School of Design | Associate Professor of Industrial Design

  • Neil Mehrotra

    Neil Mehrotra


    Brown University | Assistant Professor of Economics

  • Dawn Edmondson

    Dawn Edmondson


    New England Institute of Technology | Associate Professor, Department of Design + Architectural Building Technology & Humanities and Social Sciences


See All Of Our Resource Network Members