CRREO includes requests for funds to support student interns in every grant application it submits.
CRREO staff members write grants and consult with faculty members, when appropriate, for insight into discipline-specific potential funding sources.
Because the overall goal of CRREO studies is to inform citizens and policymakers of research and make recommendations for improvement, CRREO commits a significant amount of time to outreach so that its studies don't just "sit on a shelf" after they are released.
Printed versions are mailed directly to relevant elected officials and practitioners; electronic versions are emailed to CRREO's email lists and disseminated publicly on a variety of websites, including the CRREO web page.
For example, CRREO Research Associate Josh Simons, when an undergraduate, co-authored the CRREO Discussion Brief A Collaborative, Regional Approach to Jailing in the Hudson Valley with Gerald Benjamin (Benjamin and Simons 2009).
Approximately six months after the release of each Discussion Brief, CRREO organizes an on-campus conference to discuss the publication and its potential impact.
Through their extensive work in the Hudson Valley, CRREO has successfully brought together students, policymakers and members of our local community to help solve some of the most pressing issues facing the region.
Ulster County Executive Michael Hein has said, "CRREO has been an incredible resource for Ulster County government and the entire Hudson Valley region.
CRREO alumni have readily secured jobs in a variety of fields and have been accepted to excellent law schools and other graduate programs.
CRREO's Regional Well-Being study, funded by the U.S.
Research on policy issues may take some time to concretely impact political decision-making and action, but several CRREO research projects have contributed to policy discussions and led to implementation of change.
Another way in which CRREO students connect with state legislators is at the student research showcase organized by the SUNY Faculty Senate and held at the state capitol.