The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) is an interuniversity partnership that pursues original urban research on the cutting edge of scholarship and public policy, with an emphasis on opportunities created by novel digital data.

BARI focuses on three major areas of activity:

Pursuing core research-policy partnerships and projects that use modern data to probe major themes and challenges facing greater Boston

Developing the Boston Data Portal to make emergent data sources accessible for research, policy, and practice

Convening and supporting Boston's civic data ecosystem through seed grants, events, and an online network.

Latest News

BARI Featured in Microsoft New England’s Guest Blog

  Sam Levy, BARI’s Program Coordinator, wrote a guest blog for Microsoft New England to spread the word about our upcoming conference, Confronting Inequality and Economic Mobility: Data-Driven Lessons From Boston, For Boston. Through an open call for proposals, we hope to see a wide range of projects and programs from representatives of the public, private,…
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Published On: December 5, 2017 |

The Gains of Greater Granularity: The Presence and Persistence of Problem Properties in Urban Neighborhoods

In a recent paper, BARI Co-Directors Dan O’Brien and Chris Winship demonstrated the presence and persistence of ‘‘problem properties’’ with elevated levels of crime and disorder in Boston. Importantly, they find that this additional geographic detail offers a wealth of information beyond the traditional focus on at-risk neighborhoods, and even the more recent attention to…
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Published On: September 5, 2017 |

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