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The mission of The Providence Plan is to improve the economic and social well-being of the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island.
The Providence Plan was launched in 1992 as a joint effort of the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island to promote better collaboration between government, the private sector, and academic institutions.
Our earliest work focused on generating neighborhood-level data and information about Rhode Island’s capital city. We crunched census and municipal data, worked to develop indicators of community well-being, and sat down with local stakeholders to find ways in which this information could support their work.
Over time, our data work began to highlight specific, unmet needs in Providence. Driven by our core partners, ProvPlan was spurred to take action. We initiated programmatic operations where we felt we could make a measurable difference in the well-being of our city. YouthBuild was our first success – an alternative education program that showed how a targeted investment could help Providence’s high school dropout population become self-sufficient and engaged members of their community. In 2003, we launched Ready to Learn Providence to improve the educational and health outcomes of young children in Rhode Island. Building Futures was established in 2007 with a two-fold mission to help the non-residential construction industry meet its current and future needs for a skilled workforce and to create career opportunities for low-income residents in urban communities through quality registered apprenticeship programs.
Today, ProvPlan provides Rhode Islanders with data and information that support critical decision making, while our programs improve community well-being and transform lives.
ProvPlan will achieve long-term impact by demonstrating strategies and advancing policies that aim to improve the daily lives of Rhode Islanders. Our strategy to influence policy is derived from a body of knowledge and solid experience attained through a 20+ years history of implementing effective programs and performing in-depth data analysis.
Going forward, ProvPlan is committed to developing new ways to effectively blend our programmatic and data capacity to create even greater impact on the institutions and residents of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University
Latino Policy Institute and Director of University Outreach and Engagement
Roger Williams University
Socio-Economic Development Center for Southeast Asians
Personal Investing’s Customer Knowledge/Strategic Insights Group (CKSI)
Office of the Rhode Island Secretary of State
Milbank Memorial Fund
City of Providence
Division of Policy, Information and Communications
Rhode Island Department of Health