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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2018 Request for Proposals: Education Innovation Research Network

The Rhode Island Education Innovation Research Network (RI-EIRN) is currently soliciting proposals from researchers who are interested in expanding the state’s knowledge of best practices around personalized learning in Rhode Island. 

Currently, we are soliciting proposals from scholars with expertise in qualitative and/or social science research to explore research questions that will help to inform Rhode Island educators of best practices for communicating with families and others about personalized learning. This research will provide a better understanding of:

1. What families know about personalized learning and how they feel about this new educational model;

2. How we can best inform families about current innovations in teaching and learning;

3. What role families play in co-creating the social understanding of these new models of learning and what role they could play.

Download the full RFP, here

PROPOSALS ARE DUE September 26, 2018.

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

Current ongoing projects include:

University of Rhode Island/NE Basecamp/Eight middle school teachers in two districts in Rhode Island: Looking at a subset of middle school classrooms in RI, this research team is looking to identify the core dispositions and attributes of successful implementation of personalized learning across various models of PL.

Rhode Island College/Central Falls School District: We know that the role of the educator changes in a personalized learning environment. But so then does the role of the educator preparation program. This research investigates the ideal relationship between the mentor and mentee in an ed prep program designed to support personalized learning.


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.