We welcome Research Briefs proposals consistent with our mission. The ABCI platform is an excellent public platform for your applied research on the issues confronting Connecticut. In some cases, we may provide a small stipend to support the preparation of a Research Brief.
Guidelines. Research Briefs are 1,000 to 2,000-word documents that objectively analyze current policy-related issues to inform legislators, policymakers, media, activists, and the public. The best approach is to "speak truth to power" and disprove misleading narratives. The policy briefs are not the place for direct activism but may provide the empirical evidence policymakers and activists need to justify their agendas. The research briefs should be descriptive, data-driven, and supported - as much as possible - by citing academic and white-paper literature. The research briefs should adhere to accepted standards of research ethics and develop a strong ethos that respectfully recognizes alternative perspectives. The briefs should not be overly technical - any technical details can be outlined in brief footnotes and citations - and should be written in a style accessible to a broad audience.
ABCI will work with partner organizations to promote findings in both traditional and social media outlets.
For internships, ABCI prefers interns with external sources of funding (e.g., temporary work study, summer awards, students working under the supervision of faculty for course credit, and/or fellowships that are paid directly by a college or university they attend).
The Executive Director of ABCI is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Connecticut. For decades, he has supervised interns for the Department of Geography and Urban Studies and welcomes collaborations with nearby universities.