Our Mission

As part of the School of Social Work at Portland State University, the mission of the Regional Research Institute (RRI) is to conduct innovative research and program evaluation that address critical community issues. We work at the intersection of research, practice, training, and policy with local, state, regional, national, and international agencies and partners. The quality of our community-based participatory action work has gained us a national reputation.

Community partner looking for researcher or program evaluator

If you are a community partner, regardless of your location or agency mission, we would appreciate the chance to work with you to best support your mission and goals. Our deep commitment to working collaboratively with community partners at each step of a research or evaluation project ensures that your voice and feedback are heard. Contact us to find out how RRI can support you and your partner agency.

Researcher or program evaluator looking to collaborate

If you are a researcher and/ or a program evaluator who is looking to collaborate with the RRI, we would be more than happy to connect with you. Whatever your scope of work, study methodology, or academic discipline, RRI staff and faculty have built a solid infrastructure to support a wide variety of grants and contracts, regardless of funder or size of the sponsored work. Contact us to find out more about ways that RRI can best support your research/ evaluation efforts.

Student looking for research opportunities

If you are a student who is looking to learn more about our research or our program evaluation, we will work with you to find a project to best support your learning needs. RRI has worked with student interns for decades and we appreciate your desire to learn, collaborate, and contribute. Contact us to find out more to find out how we can support your learning goals and interests.