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 Releases Report Evaluating Boston Public School’s Choice and Assignment System

In 2013 Boston Public Schools implemented a new school choice and assignment system called Home-Based, which sought to provide more students access to quality schools close to home. BARI has been working with BPS to assess how well they achieved that goal, and whether the benefits of the change were distributed evenly across Bostonians.   This…
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Published On: July 16, 2018 |

BARI Researchers work featured in News at Northeastern

BARI Co-Director Rob Sampson, Associate Director of Research on Social Media Ryan Wang, and Post-Doc Nolan Phillips have been conducting research on segregation and urban mobility, which was recently featured in News at Northeastern.   The project uses geo-tagged twitter data to estimate users’ home location and analyze their travel patterns across the largest 50…
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Published On: July 11, 2018 |

Upcoming Events

Boston Data Portal Training

Oct. 5th, 9 AM – 12 PM, Northeastern Crossing

The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) and Northeastern Crossing are partnering to offer a hybrid version of our community-based training, bringing together local community organizations with faculty and students from Northeastern. The training will cover the Boston Data Portal, an online platform where visitors of all experience levels can browse, map, analyze, and download a variety of data describing the people, places, and neighborhoods of Boston. Read more >



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