How can state and local governments foster economic growth, job creation, and a better quality of life for residents? Academic research, evidence, and expertise can help political leaders make more informed, more effective policy decisions.
In Rhode Island, policymakers, business leaders, and community groups are looking to the state’s eleven colleges and universities for insight. The College and University Research Collaborative provides an evidence-based foundation for policymaking by connecting academics in the state with leaders seeking information. This innovative project is a public/private partnership between the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Rhode Island, the Governor’s Office, the state Senate and House of Representatives, and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.
Footnote supports The Collaborative by working with participating scholars to make their findings accessible to policymakers and the community through a series of articles, policy briefs, presentations, and visuals. Through its partnership with the Collaborative, Footnote has worked with over 50 scholars to share their expertise on healthcare, job growth, transportation, and other critical issues in the state.