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

Research Intern (unpaid) – Spring 2020


34th Annual Meeting - Thank You to Sponsors


2019 Annual Report (PDF)


Watch the Candidate Debates for Mayor, At-Large Council, School Committee, and District Council in Worcester


34th Annual Meeting Presentation


The Research Bureau Appoints Paul Matthews to Executive Director


Questions for the 2019 Candidates for City Council and School Committee in Worcester


Worcester Almanac: 2019


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Our Recent Reports

View our most recent reports below

Breaking Down the Budget: Questions to Consider – City of Worcester & Worcester Public Schools FY2020
Oct 09, 2019

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

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Questions for the 2019 Candidates for City Council and School Committee in Worcester
Sep 11, 2019

This publication is intended to provide candidates and residents in Worcester, Massachusetts with qu…

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The Implications of a Fare-Free WRTA
May 22, 2019

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA), like many bus systems, suffers from low and declini…

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