The Linked Information Network of Colorado (LINC) is a state collaborative that supports timely and cost-efficient research, evaluation, and analytics using integrated data across state agencies. LINC is designed to securely share data to a centralized linking hub in state government to produce anonymized datasets for approved end users. LINC development is partially supported by seed funds and staff commitment from the Colorado Lab. Read more about LINC here.

The Lab is seeking research partners on the following projects which are designed to share data through LINC. The roles on the projects may range from consultant to co-principal investigator. Funding will be commensurate with project responsibilities.

Project 1: Identifying Risk Factors for Experiencing Homelessness after Exiting Foster Care

Key Questions: 

  • What are the early warning indicators of youth being at risk for homelessness after exiting foster care that can inform Independent Living Plans?
  • For those youth who do use housing and shelter services, how consistently are they being identified as formerly in foster care and, therefore, prioritized for services?

Data Sources: Child Welfare (Trails) and Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (HMIS) 

Estimated Timeline: August 2019 – March 2020

Project 2: Coordinating Early Intervention and Medicaid to Meet the Needs of Children with Developmental Delays

Key Questions:

  • Where are the dollars being spent to fulfill service plans for children in Colorado’s Early Intervention system? Is this source of funding appropriate for the services being delivered?
  • Are providers meeting the needs of children based on children’s Early Intervention plans or are there opportunities to correct misalignment of services (e.g., not enough or duplicate services)?
  • How can the quality of services being delivered inform rate setting?

Data Sources: Medicaid (HCPF) and Early Intervention (CDHS)

Estimated Timeline: August 2019 – June 2020

To express your interest, please complete the survey at the link below. Surveys will remain open until positions are filled.

For all Colorado Lab opportunities, preference is given to Colorado Applied Research and Action Network (CARAN) senior fellows. To learn more and apply, click HERE.

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