The Dukakis Center’s collaborative research and problem-solving model addresses a wide range of issues facing cities, towns, and suburbs by applying powerful data analysis, multidisciplinary research and evaluation techniques, and a policy-driven perspective. Rather than address a fixed issue or set of issues, the Dukakis Center responds flexibly to urban and regional policy challenges and opportunities by focusing on an evolving set of “focus areas”.
The Dukakis Center’s earliest and some of its best known work has been done in the area of housing policy. Included in this focus area is the annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card and participation in the Commonwealth Housing Task Force. Other longstanding focus areas have been economic development, labor markets/workforce development and state and local finance.
More recently, the Dukakis Center has worked on transportation issues, especially as they relate to other areas of focus such as economic development and housing.
The Dukakis Center’s focus areas also include building the capacity of neighborhood non-profits and improving state and local finance.