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 9 Colorado Institutes of Higher Education, 9 State Agencies, 2 Governor’s Offices, 3 Local Government Agencies, and 9 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!