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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 nearly 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

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Our Recent Reports

View our most recent reports below

Bureau Brief—Worcester’s Unfunded OPEB Liability

Apr 23, 2015

The City of Worcester, like most municipalities, has struggled with outstanding pension and other po…

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Don’t Boo. Just Remember to Vote.

Apr 21, 2015

While citizen participation is the basis for a strong democracy, key indicators illustrate a troubli…

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Bureau Brief—The Role of the Media in Civic Life

Apr 08, 2015

The media plays a critical role in society, recording history, delivering information, analyzing iss…

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