The Research Bureau

Promoting Informed Debate and Decision-Making through Public Policy Research

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau serves the public interest of Greater Worcester by conducting independent, non-partisan research and analysis of public policy issues to promote informed public debate and decision-making. For thirty years, The Research Bureau has worked to protect the public interest in Greater Worcester by identifying issues, investigating impacts, and educating the public and government officials of opportunities and best practices.

A nation may establish a system of free government, but without the spirit of municipal institutions it cannot have the spirit of liberty.”
Alexis deTocqueville, Democracy in America


WRRB Update on today’s Executive Order from Governor Baker


Update with COVID-19 Resources


TSG Nomination Request Ad


Absent Voters


Downtown Office Occupancy Report


Student Opportunity Act: Provisions, Purposes, and Potential (February 12)


2019 Annual Report (PDF)


Worcester Almanac: 2019


Latest Events


Our Recent Reports

View our most recent reports below

Absent Voters
Mar 05, 2020

Worcester voters and the elections they decide are enigmatic. Lacking the intense media coverage of …

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Downtown Office Occupancy Report
Feb 27, 2020

Of all the factors that influence the business climate in Worcester’s Central Business District (C…

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Bureau Brief — Walkability
Jan 03, 2020

Walkability has numerous benefits, but how walkable an area is can be hard to quantify—while peopl…

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