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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

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Read our Executive Director’s remarks from the 30th Annual Meeting

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Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors - 30th Annual Meeting


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Our Recent Reports

View our most recent reports below

Bureau Brief—Massachusetts Comprehensive Permit Act—Chapter 40B

Nov 23, 2015

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40B was adopted in 1969 as part of the Massachusetts Comprehensiv…

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Bureau Brief — Park Conservancies

Nov 09, 2015

The City of Worcester is home to a significant number of public parklands, but available funding has…

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Breaking Down the Budget: Questions to Consider, City of Worcester & Worcester Public Schools FY16

Sep 08, 2015

Each July 1, the City of Worcester and Worcester Public Schools begin a new fiscal year. Who sets t…

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