ABOUT US: History and mission

We achieve impact through nonpartisan research from our Policy Center and Polling Group, independent reporting of politics, ideas, and civic life from CommonWealth magazine, and inclusive civic engagement.

MassINC is distinguished by its rigorous research and journalism, extensive state-wide network, expertise in how state and local government works, and thoroughly collaborative approach. We have demonstrated a record of achievement in education, transportation, economic development and criminal justice policy.


MassINC is able to provide free, independent journalism and research to policymakers, civic leaders and the engaged public for the benefit of the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and philanthropies that support our non-partisan mission.

In 2007, MassINC began a new focus on urban communities that had been the centers of regional economies at the turn of the century and now had a high potential for revitalization, branding them as Gateway Cities. Today, MassINC focuses on public policy that provides Gateway Cities with the tools to be stable, vibrant communities—from schools that adequately prepare students for 21st century jobs to an affordable and reliable public transit.

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In 2010, we launched the CommonWealth website—evolving the magazine from a print quarterly journal to a free digital platform with a variety of news and editorial products. These products include long-form journalism, the Daily Download, weekly Backstory, and Sunday Upload. Featuring the works of esteemed columnists and engaged citizens, CommonWealth provides a powerful forum for civil debate and fosters an ever-growing community of policymakers and citizens. CommonWealth’s official podcast, “The Codcast,” has featured interviews with dozens of political commentators and influencers.

In 2010, we founded a for-profit subsidiary, The MassINC Polling Group, to provide nonpartisan polling for MassINC and other clients while generating revenue for our non-profit. Today, The MassINC Polling Group, the official pollster of WBUR, is a success with a range of mission-driven business and nonprofit clients, and a variety of survey, messaging, and media products. The Polling Group also encompasses MPG Media, which develops effective media strategies through creative content and media communication, and hosts the podcast, “The Horse Race.”

MassINC and CommonWealth continue to be places where voices from all sides and perspectives can be heard, where bold ideas can surface and be debated, and where the answers to Massachusetts’ most pressing questions continue to be sought.


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