Colorado Lab Launches Research Network

On September 14, nearly a hundred researchers, state government officials, and community leaders gathered at History Colorado to launch the Colorado Applied Research and Action Network (CARAN). CARAN members will work with the Colorado Lab to improve the lives of Colorado residents by partnering with state and local governments to strengthen coordinated and person-centered services.

In a keynote address that set the tone for the day, Reggie Bicha, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, said, “We’re so fortunate to have the Colorado Lab…for many years, we have focused on putting research into action, but the challenge we have [in government] is putting action into research.”

The event was the first step in formalizing a network that will include researchers from universities, private research firms, and nonprofit organizations. To apply or learn more, visit