On behalf of Leadership Rhode Island, Starr Opinion Research conducted 308 online interviews between December 11 and 22, 2014 with Rhode Island civic opinion and thought leaders - past and current participants in the organizations' Core Program with email addresses (Leadership Rhode Island Alumni). 

Leadership Rhode Island was started in 1981 to develop community leadership, and has engaged 1,756 in its 34 years. Each year approximately 50 leaders are selected to participate from a wide range of industries, fields and backgrounds based on their leadership capacities, talents, and life experiences. All share one thing in common: a commitment to making Rhode Island a better community.
 
Invitations to participate in the survey were extended to all 1,368 alumni for whom Leadership Rhode Island had an email address on file; the universe of alumni available to participate in the survey is lower than 1,756 due to death and changes in personal situations such as aging and leaving Rhode Island. These results only include respondents who currently work or live in Rhode Island.