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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston: A Data Story Series on the Building Permits and Property Assessment Datasets

  Day 1: “Seeing” Investment in Boston’s Neighborhood’s through Building Permits   Building permits offer a unique window into patterns of investment across Boston–literally capturing the physical work being done by property owners to expand, improve, and newly construct the buildings of the city. In recognition of this fact, BARI has created a series of ecometrics (i.e.,…
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Published On: April 19, 2018 |
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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston, Day 4: Using Property Assessment Data to Calculate Changes in Properties’ Land Value and Floor Area Ratios

  Boston recently released its annual Property Assessment data, which provides detailed information on properties in Boston. The data set can be downloaded here, and documentation describing what is in the data set is available here. With the release of this dataset, there are many different questions that researchers and local practitioners can pursue at…
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Published On: April 13, 2018 |
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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston, Day 3: A Neighborhood’s Contribution to Property Assessment

  How much does your neighborhood affect your property’s value? Every year, local governments assess the value of a property for tax purposes [1][2]. The typical tax assessment determines a property’s value based on key physical characteristics of the property and building that are used for comparison against other similar properties. Yet property values for…
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Published On: April 12, 2018 |
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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston, Day 2: Residential Growth in Boston: Evidence from Building Permits

  The City of Boston’s building permits dataset allows us to see both how much development is happening and what types of development this is. Overall, building permits are needed for construction of new buildings, demolition of and addition to existing structures, and renovation. The occupancy type of the buildings for which these permits are…
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Published On: April 11, 2018 |
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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston, Day 1: “Seeing” Investment in Boston’s Neighborhood’s through Building Permits

  Building permits offer a unique window into patterns of investment across Boston–literally capturing the physical work being done by property owners to expand, improve, and newly construct the buildings of the city. In recognition of this fact, BARI has created a series of ecometrics (i.e., descriptors of a neighborhood) that quantify the investment in…
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Published On: April 10, 2018 |
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MBTA Systemwide Passenger Survey Data Challenge

The MBTA, working with the Central Transportation Planning Staff, has just completed a systemwide passenger survey to collect necessary passenger demographic data for bus routes and rail stations. This project updates the 2008-2009 dataset and will be used for service planning, ridership analysis, and Title VI equity analyses. The MBTA knows this data is useful for many other…
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Published On: March 6, 2018 |
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