Cross-Sector Connections in Rhode Island Cross-Sector Connections in Rhode Island

By Erin Michelle Graves

The idea that cross-sector collaboration is necessary to address entrenched social problems such as high poverty, low employment, and health disparities has inspired a number of prominent interventions in recent years. For our purpose, collaboration is defined as participation in partnerships and cross-sector programs designed to reach a common goal. We sent 6,000 surveys to leaders in business, education, government, law enforcement, nonprofits, and religious organizations, and this issue brief highlights cross-sector collaboration patterns within cities and towns in Rhode Island. We find evidence of cross-sector collaboration but that it may be most often initiated by organizations in the nonprofit sector.

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