Dan Williams has been researching paranormal activity on and off for the past 30 years. After living in Alaska for 10 years and investigating with a group for the first time he began pondering how the science of paranormal investigation could begin to move forward from its current state. These ruminations were the first inklings of the Paranormal Research Institute, the non-profit research institute that finally came into being in the middle of 2016. The PRI was formed with the idea of establishing standardized methods of investigation and data collection that all interested investigation groups could adopt, finally allowing similar data to be posted and analyzed from multiple investigations. “Currently paranormal investigation has hit a wall.” Williams explains. “Groups go into buildings, do their own thing, find all kinds of cool stuff, but no one really knows what to do with it. 3 different groups could do investigations and none of their findings would translate between groups.