RRI conducts research, evaluation, and training that are dedicated to improving the design, management, practice, and evaluation of human services and social service delivery systems. RRI projects are founded on community partnerships that address local, state, national, and international concerns. Consumers, providers, and stakeholders play an important part in all these activities, and are critical to understanding, interpreting, and disseminating project results.

RRI faculty and staff and their community partners frequently go beyond the boundaries of the traditional research roles to ‘translate’ learning into practice. This may involve development of new interventions in response to research findings, working with underserved populations to adapt or create practice based interventions, developing training programs, giving voice to consumers in advocacy leadership roles, providing consultation and technical assistance to programs and agencies, and convening partners and stakeholders at multiple levels across multiple systems to create or change public policy.

Annual external funding of more than $10 million supports research projects employing more than 100 faculty and staff, numerous doctoral, MSW and BSW students, as well as interns from other disciplines. At any given time, RRI is conducting as many as 65 projects in partnership with local organizations, county or state government entities, and/or partners all over the country. Projects may address outcomes anywhere from attendance at a single elementary school in a low-income community in the Portland metro area to HIV prevention in the Amazon.

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