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.

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Planning Your Syllabus and Looking For Data? BARI Has You Covered

  Want to include locally-focused, Boston-based research projects in your course this semester? Interested in constructing curricula and assignments that incorporate “big data”? The Boston Area Research Initiative has a series of datasets at your disposal on our Boston Data Portal.   For the past 7 years, the Boston Area Research Initiative has been curating…
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Published On: June 21, 2018 |

BARI and BPS project “The Opportunity Index” to be Featured as MetroLab Network’s Innovation of the Month for May

  The Opportunity Index, a BPS/BARI project designed to identify schools with higher concentrations of students in need of additional resources and supports to overcome opportunity gaps, will be featured as MetroLab Network’s Innovation of the Month for the month of May! The Opportunity Index is also being featured in BARI’s research profile, released in the May edition…
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Published On: May 8, 2018 |

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