FALL 2018
Applying theory and innovation to solve real world challenges and enable our clients to achieve their goals and aspirations.
Economic & Public Policy Research, i n 3 minutes

We are proud to share this new video that highlights the work of the Economic & Public Policy Research business group, led by Dr. Mark Melnik.

This video is the first in a series that will roll out in the coming months to highlight our business groups. 

Thank you to videographer Ryan Bennett.

Artists bring "the other Pakistan" to Amherst

This summer, two Pakistani artists transformed an Amherst bus in into a work of art. Their journey here began in 2014 after meeting staff from the UMass Civic Initiative in Karachi, Pakistan.  Read more  and  see pictures of the bus project
MassBenchmarks Journal

The latest issue of the MassBenchmarks journal examines the current state of the Massachusetts economy and features a discussion of the impacts of federal tax cuts on Massachusetts taxpayers, a deeper dive into issues surrounding the state's own tax policies and an analysis of the tightening labor market. Learn more
Nonprofits learn importance of program evaluation

Program evaluation for nonprofits was the focus of a recent presentation sponsored by the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires.  Dr. Penny Brierley-Bowers and Jen Gordon from the Institute's Applied Research and Program Evaluation business group (ARPE) led the presentation to a group of administrators from area nonprofit organizations.

Program evaluation is a systematic method for collecting, analyzing and using information to answer questions about an organization's projects, policies and programs, particularly about their effectiveness and efficiency. Learn more.
Registration is now open for the 
2018 Massachusetts 
STEM Summit
The Institute in the News

Our Business Groups
Under a new name, MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center offers the same great services to employers and job seekers

Previously named CareerWorks, our Brockton area career center is now called MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center. MassHire is the overarching brand that now connects the 29  career centers located throughout Massachusetts. 

The MassHire brand unifies and empowers all state, regional, and local workforce entities. It enables them to communicate with clients - both job seekers and businesses - with a clear, consistent, powerful message.

MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center celebrated its re-branding at the center on September 27 with a large crowd that included Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, and Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter.  Learn more .
The Work of Leisure: Behind the Scenes of the Mass. Leisure, Hospitality & Tourism Industry

A new report released by the Boston Foundation takes the first in-depth look at the Massachusetts leisure, hospitality and tourism industry in decades, and finds that while the sector quickly rebounded from the Great Recession, it is still plagued with low pay and high turnover. 

"Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism is a critical part of the Massachusetts economy, and the research highlights some of the key issues facing the industry, its employers and its workers," said Dr. Mark Melnik, director of the Economic & Public Policy Research business group. "We hope this and our other findings can be a call to action for policymakers to address the needs of this critical part of the Massachusetts economy in years to come."  See the media coverage and review the report
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