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
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.
“Bike paths, pedestrian bridges, and other transportation ‘alternatives’ do more than contribute to Rhode Island’s charm – they offer commuting and recreational opportunities that can attract a millennial workforce and bolster the state’s economy.”
In the research article, Millennials on the Move: Attracting Young Workers through Better Transportation, Jonathan Harris, M.I.D., of Johnson & Wales University, explores approaches to state-wide transportation infrastructure to increase Rhode Island’s attractiveness to millennials as a place to live and work.
In the research article, Choosing a Health Exchange for Rhode Island, Jessica Mulligan, Ph.D., of Providence College, examines Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange, HealthSource RI, and looks further at the costs and benefits of operating this program versus adopting a federal alternative.
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.