Non-partisan and Independent Research on Public Policy


The Research Bureau provides objective, in-depth analysis of public policy issues in Greater Worcester. We compile the data, analyze the facts, make recommendations, disseminates the result, and provides opportunities for public engagement and education. 

Public officials, business leaders, higher education institutions, community groups, residents, and the media look to The Research Bureau as the source for reliable information on the most significant issues facing our region.

Since 1985, The Research Bureau has issued over 250 professional reports. Our publications present detailed analyses of complex issues to stimulate thought and dialogue, outline options, and recommend solutions on a wide variety of municipal, regional, and state-wide issues such as Economic DevelopmentMunicipal FinancePublic Education, Municipal Services & Operations, Transportation, and Civic Engagement.


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