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“Make It Happen” research will guide state policymakers
By Connie Grosch / May 6, 2014 /   Loading Disqus...

The College and University Research Collaborative joined us to release the findings of its first round of economic development studies. Launched with $100,000 from our Make It Happen RI initiative  , the partnership is putting the best minds in the state’s higher ed community to work developing data on crucial issues that state policymakers in the General Assembly and Governor’s office are telling us they need and want. Working in cross-institutional teams, scholars from seven Rhode Island colleges and universities produced five studies including reports focusing on the economic impact of arts-based, after-school programs and competitiveness in occupations and the optimal tax in Rhode Island.


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“Our goal for the first year was to develop a process to engage researchers from across Rhode Island in the economic development challenges facing the state. So far, we have been fortunate to recruit over 100 scholars to participate in our resource network for policy leaders,” says Amber Caulkins, the Collaborative’s program director.

The partnership has so much potential that we just committed another $75,000, which will enable the nonprofit to expand its research and to create a network of subject experts from academia to serve as sources for policymakers and the media.

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