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

Transit-Oriented Development


The Community Preservation Act


Defining Our Path: A Strategic Plan For Education In Worcester


Worcester Almanac: 2018


Brokering a New Lease: Capturing the Value of State Offices for Massachusetts


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Breaking Down the Budget: Questions to Consider
Aug 21, 2018

EACH YEAR on July 1, Massachusetts cities and towns must implement a new budget. The City of Worcest…

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The Community Preservation Act
Jun 22, 2018

The Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA) authorizes municipalities to apply a surcharge on…

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Worcester Almanac: 2018
Apr 02, 2018

The Research Bureau is pleased to present The Worcester Almanac.  Now in its fourth edition, it is …

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