There are multiple ways scholars can participate in The Collaborative. One of these ways, is through our working groups. During the month of October, The Collaborative hosted our first series of working groups focused on the three research areas. Held at the State House, these meetings brought together scholars from 11 different institutions and provided a first look at the depth of expertise that resides in Rhode Island. In addition to researchers, we also welcomed Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, Senator Josh Miller, and House Majority Leader Nick Mattiello.
Scholars at these working groups examined the specific questions of policy leaders and began to discuss how they would approach research projects. These working groups allowed participants to connect with other researchers and to potentially form research teams who have the opportunity to receive funding from The Collaborative.