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.


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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.


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.

FOCUS ON RESEARCH: Ensuring Paid Family Leave Pays Off

“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 OffShanna 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.

Click here to read the research brief.

FOCUS ON RESEARCH: The Road to Better Bridges: Strategies for Maintaining Infrastructure

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“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.

Click here to read the research brief.


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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.


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