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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

Read The Research Bureau’s Executive Director, Timothy J. McGourthy’s speech, at the 31st Annual Meeting


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Our Recent Reports

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Parking in Worcester: Left by the Curb
Jun 30, 2016

With over 5,000 public parking spaces in Downtown Worcester, parking – and its location, condition,…

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Breaking Down the Budget: Questions to Consider, City of Worcester & Worcester Public Schools FY2017
Jun 28, 2016

The Research Bureau offers its annual Breaking Down the Budget: Questions to Consider – a summary an…

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Apr 11, 2016

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama in December of 2…

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