The Boston Renaissance Resource Kit, created by Barry Bluestone and Hamilton Analytics, Inc., is a state-of-the-art interactive web and CD-ROM based multimedia product specifically prepared for students, teachers, journalists, non-profits, community organizations, and government agencies throughout the Greater Boston region.
In a graphically rich and easy-to-use format, the Resource Kit contains all of the data from the Greater Boston Social Survey, a comprehensive survey of over 1,800 households in the region carried out in the mid-1990s. This survey, with over 400 pieces of information about each of these families, was the basis for the book The Boston Renaissance: Race, Space, and Economic Change in an American Metropolis by Barry Bluestone and Mary Huff Stevenson, published in 2000. The Kit also includes data from the U.S. decennial censuses for all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts from 1950 through 2000 as well as a link to the Boston Indicators Project web site.
The Resource Kit allows anyone to create literally thousands of charts and tables with a few simple clicks of the mouse, forgoing the need for extensive training in sophisticated statistical software. The Resource Kit also provides guidance on developing curriculum materials for integrating the Kit into current and planned middle school and high school history and social science courses. Another tutorial is aimed at community organization leaders and staff.
The Dukakis Center worked closely with the Boston Public Schools, the Boston Foundation, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to disseminate this powerful information tool. The Boston Renaissance Resource Kit has been used by teachers and students at the Economic Education Laboratory at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
After downloading, you will need to select “Extract All Files” in order to unzip it. Then open the new folder and double-click on “setup” the application. NOTE: You will need to have sufficient privileges on your computer that allow you to install software.