Our Partner Initiatives are part of The Collaborative's long-term vision for creating research partnerships to leverage the collective knowledge in Rhode Island. These partnerships start with research questions that originate from community organizations and result in data and evidence that inform challenging state and community issues.

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Current Initiatives

Education Innovation Research Network

The Education Innovation Research Network launched in March 2017, provides Rhode Island scholars and practitioners with opportunities to collaborate on meaningful, rapid-cycle action research. The network acts as a resource to address pressing education challenges locally in RI, while serving as a model for national efforts toward innovation. Research projects can span the gamut of education innovation but they always:

  1. Create deep partnerships between practitioners and researchers;
  2. Connect RI research efforts with other local and national stakeholders to better leverage the wealth of knowledge here in RI;
  3. Connect scholars from across disciplines and campuses;
  4. Are done in quick-cycle, allowing researchers to showcase findings to practitioners and others within six months of project launch.

The Education Innovation Research Network is a partnership between EduvateRI,  The College & University Research Collaborative and the Rhode Island Office of Innovation


Advancing a Shared Understanding of Personalized Learning: Insights from Eight Middle School Classrooms in Rhode Island

How the Shift to Personalized Learning in Changing RI Educator Supports: Insights into the Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Arts + Culture Research Network

The Arts + Culture sector is a vital contributor to the Rhode Island economy. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in collaboration with the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission partnered with The College & University Research Collaborative are partnering to develop a Research Network that will discover new knowledge to inform statewide decisions as well as promote cross-sector collaborations.