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Boston & Its Neighborhoods

Think Tanks

Boston-1915 Movement

In 1910, a group of Boston businessmen tried to engage residents in planning the future of Boston. From 1910 to 1911, they documented their ideas and progress in a monthly publication called "New Boston."
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Boston Area Research Initiative - (BARI)
Mission: projects provide insights into daily life in greater Boston, help policymakers and practitioners to better serve their constituencies, and increase our understanding of human behavior.


Beacon Hill Institute
Economic methods applied to current issues. International as well as local.


Boston Foundation
Offers new ways to understand Boston and its neighborhoods in a regional, national and global context. It aims to democratize access to information, foster informed public discourse, track progress on shared civic goals, and report on change in 10 sectors: Civic Vitality, Cultural Life and the Arts, the Economy, Education, the Environment, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Technology, and Transportation.

Boston Indicators Project: Measuring What We Value

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and the Boston Indicators Project)


Boston Municipal Research Bureau (BMRB)
An independent, member-supported, non-partisan research organization, established in 1932 to provide objective and impartial research and policy analysis in order to promote more efficient, effective and responsible government for the City of Boston.


Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE)
Mission: "to drive exceptional outcomes for all students by developing great teachers and great schools.  BPE devises solutions to the toughest challenges faced by Boston’s students and teachers by weaving together expertise in teacher training and school development. "


"An independent think tank uniting non-partisan research, civic journalism and independent polling. We are committed to expanding and supporting Massachusetts’ middle class."

Commonwealth Magazine
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Boston Planning & Development Agency.  "With more than one-third of Boston’s population between the ages of 20-34, Boston... launched ONEin3 to connect Boston’s young adult population with resources related to: housing, professional development, financial health, entrepreneurship and civic engagement."


Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
"PioneerPublic seeks limited, accountable government by promoting competitive delivery of public services, elimination of unnecessary regulation, and a focus on core government functions."


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. "strives to improve the governance of Greater Boston by strengthening connections between the region's scholars, students, and civic leaders."


Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
Regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration.