The Colorado Lab introduced the Colorado Applied Research and Action Network (CARAN) with a kickoff event at History Colorado on September 14, 2018. The event was well-attended and many researchers and government partners made wonderful connections. There were representatives from nine Colorado institutes of higher education, nine State agencies, two Governor’s offices, three local government agencies, and nine non-profits.

Speakers included the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, Reggie Bicha, and Jon Gottsegen, Chief Data Officer within the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). A communications panel was also lead by Barton Institute Director Rebecca Arno, Christie McElhinney of Third Sector Communications, CPR’s Andrea Dukakis, and Lindsey Myers with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

This event was a first step in formalizing a network of researchers interested in improving the lives of Colorado residents by partnering with state and local governments to strengthen coordinated and efficient person-centered services.

Read more about the CARAN Kickoff event below!

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