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The nonprofit Massinc Policy Center produces rigorous, nonpartisan research and collaborates with civic leaders to find solutions to complex social and economic challenges.

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CommonWealth publishes in-depth, balanced, and independent journalism. As both a daily web publication and a quarterly journal, it covers politics, policy, ideas, and civic life, with an emphasis on investigative reporting, in-depth analysis, and political mapping.

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The MassINC Polling Group is a full-service survey opinion research company offering public opinion research to public, private, and social sector clients.

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Latest Articles

CommonWealth’s Fall 2015 issue is out!

CommonWealth’s Fall 2015 print issue is in the mail and available as a PDF and online. In addition to our regular lineup of stories, this issue goes deep on the opportunity gap that is preventing many young people from ever getting a shot at the American Dream. We interview Robert Putnam, the Bowling Alone author whose latest

And the winner is…

Congratulations to the Five District Partnership, the first of four 2015 Gateway Cities Innovation Award winners that we’ll be announcing over the coming weeks! For the first time, we’re preparing case studies that provide an in depth look at the four innovative initiatives that we’re recognizing with Gateway City Innovation Awards in November. Each of these profiles describes

This week’s Gateway Cities Leader

Monisola Gbadebo

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How do you engage with the Holyoke community through your role with Enchanted Circle Theater? I’m invested in youth development and breaking down the barriers to an exposure to the fine arts. Enchanted Circle supports the core curriculum in local schools to bolster engagement, appeal to different learning styles, and make the learning more memorable.

A fresh Look at new Gateway City housing-education partnerships

Since 2009, the number of homeless students in Massachusetts has nearly doubled. As the crisis has grown, a lot of attention has been placed on the number of homeless families living in motels for relatively long stays at a high cost to the state. Gateway Cities were home to nearly half of the 1,700 families

Kicking off the Justice Reinvestment Policy Brief Series

The MassCJRC Journal

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MassINC and the Criminal Justice Reform Coalition are excited to announce the launch of the Justice Reinvestment Policy Brief Series. Over the coming months, this new research initiative will succinctly examine Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts with the release of several policy primers exploring critical criminal justice issues. As many of you will have already seen, we

Crime, Cost & Consequences

A Two Year Progress Report

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In 2013, MassINC issued Crime, Cost, and Consequences, a comprehensive look at the performance of the state’s criminal justice system. At the Second Annual Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Summit, we issued this update. These new figures show steady progress in some areas, while other problems identified in the 2013 report continue to present stubborn challenges.

Tough road ahead for Yancey

Precinct-level analysis indicates newcomer Campbell tough to beat

City Councilor Charles Yancey has represented Boston’s District 4 since the district was created in 1983. In every election since then — both preliminaries and finals — Yancey has taken the top spot at the polls. But all that changed in the September 8 preliminary election, when newcomer Andrea Campbell trounced Yancey, 58 percent to

Did you know?

  • ApexReport
    For decades, the state’s college-educated labor force grew at a fast clip. This growth engine has stalled. If we don’t respond effectively, the Commonwealth’s college-educated labor force will shrink. MassINC research revealed this trend.

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    Former MassINC employees have gone on to work at reputable organizations like Harvard University, Boston University, City Year, EnerNOC, and Governor Baker’s office.  

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  • MassINC has always provided research showing the detrimental impact of the state’s unforgiving criminal justice system on our communities. Their polling confirmed that the public understood the need for change in our system. That criminal justice reform is at the forefront of bipartisan local and national debates today is in no small measure due to MassINC’s persistent and fair commitment to the issue.

    Juliette Kayyem Faculty Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Founder Kayyem Solutions LLC


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