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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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March Municipal Madness
Welcome to March Municipal Madness – a chance to pit your favorite local priority against all the rest!

Complete our online bracket or print and mail your completed bracket to The Research Bureau.


We invite you to join our ongoing free and open to the public series, “The Fairman Cowan Collegiate Lecture Series: The Intellectual Capital of Worcester


Latest Events


Our Recent Reports

View our most recent reports below

Bureau Brief—Non-Profits and Municipal Authority

Feb 27, 2015

Non-profit organizations are recognized as important elements in a community’s social, cultural, e…

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Worcester Almanac: 2015

Feb 12, 2015

Beginning in 2015, The Research Bureau will provide the Greater Worcester community with an annual c…

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The Changing City – Starting a Conversation

Nov 05, 2014

Worcester’s population is changing. Since 1950, Worcester’s non-white population has grown subst…

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