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Welcome to the Boston Foundation's Report Archive.

The Boston Foundation’s civic leadership is conducted through our Understanding Boston formula for positive change.  With an emphasis on strengthening this region’s competitiveness in the global economy, the Foundation works with many partners to publish cutting edge research, hold public forums, and convene task forces of experts and stakeholders to create action agendas for real change.

Here you will find a growing number of reports about Greater Boston that the Boston Foundation staff has developed through partnerships with government and local institutions.

The reports are presented in reverse chronological order.  You also may filter the results by objective (such as Education to Career or Health & Wellness), related initiative (such as Healthy People/Health Economy) or topic (such as Community Safety or Cultural Vitality).

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  • Gaining Ground on Equal Pay: Empowering Boston's Women Through Salary Negotiation Workshops

    Publish Date:September 5, 2017

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    This report evaluates the first year of the American Association of University Women's program Work Smart in Boston.  The program provides a series of free workshops to thousands of women who work or live in Boston is offered by the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement in partnership with the AAUW. The workshops are designed to empower participants by helping them determine their value in the job market and give them concrete salary negotiation skills. They are one element of a multi-pronged effort to make Boston the premier American city for working women. The report was prepared by UMass Boston's Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy.


  • Powering Greater Boston’s Economy: Why the Latino Community Is Critical to Our Shared Future

    Publish Date:June 7, 2017

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    A Special Report from Boston Indicators and the Boston Planning and Development Agency in support of the Latino Legacy Fund at the Boston Foundation that shows Latinos have accounted for almost all of Boston’s population growth since 1980, and finds Latinos represent untapped potential if the city is to continue to grow and prosper.

    View the slide presentation from co-author Alvaro Lima.

  • City of Millennials: Improving the Future Prospects of Our Region and Its Young Adults

    Publish Date:May 24, 2017

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    Boston is a city of millennials. With a full 34 percent of its population between the ages of 20 and 34, Boston has the highest concentration of millennials among the 25 largest U.S. cities. And while this population has grown, millennials in Boston also face new challenges. They face an increasingly expensive local housing market and an economy that does not support upward mobility as well as it did for generations past.  These and other issues are addressed in City of Millennials: Improving the Future Prospects of Our Region and Its Young Adults, a joint report from Boston Indicators, City Awake, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.  Download the accompanying slide presentation
  • Getting Tough on Spending

    Publish Date:May 15, 2017

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    The Boston Foundation sponsored this major MassINC report on soaring rates of spending in the Massachusetts prison system despite the fact that the inmate population has declined in recent years and very few resources are going to rehabilitation programs that could reduce recidivism rates and even mean greater savings for the system.  “MassINC and the Boston Foundation hope that citizens and policymakers alike will find value in this research,” said Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. “These findings will be crucial to a future dialogue about how the Commonwealth deploys limited resources to enhance public safety.”

  • Increasing Ridership for the Fairmount Line

    Publish Date:April 27, 2017

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    This report shows that years of advocacy and $200 million in investments in new stations and infrastructure over the past 10 years along the Fairmount Line are beginning to yield significant returns, with a near tripling of ridership since 2012. The report identifies the next steps for the Fairmount Line’s evolution and includes more than 20 recommendations for increasing ridership among the 115,000 residents currently living near the line.

  • Opportunity in Change: Preparing Boston for Leader Transitions and New Models of Nonprofit Leadership

    Publish Date:March 24, 2017

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    Greater Boston nonprofits stand at a historic inflection point given the unprecedented volume of leadership transition within and outside the sector. This joint report by Third Sector New England and the Boston Foundation examines these sector-wide changes and the opportunities to strengthen nonprofits and their leaders by seizing upon this moment.

  • The Power of Coaching

    Publish Date:March 23, 2017

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    This report, prepared for the Success Boston College Completion Initiative by the research firm Abt Associates, shows that graduates of the Boston Public Schools who are receiving coaching through the initiative have a significant advantage over other students.  For more detailed information about the research, download the Interim Outcomes Report and the Implementation Report.


  • The Growing Challenge of Family Homelessness: Homeless Assistance for Families in Massachusetts: Trends in Use FY2008-2016

    Publish Date:February 23, 2017

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    The Boston Foundation released the first report analyzing family homelessness and homeless shelters using the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' internal data.  The report answers many basic questions about family homelessness and shelter usage, such as: how have the demographics of families in shelter stayed over time; what types of assistance do they receive; how long do they stay; which families stay the longest; are there regional differences?  It is our hope that the answers to these questions will help both policymakers and shelter providers craft policies and programs that help homeless families find the stable housing that will allow them to thrive.

  • BOA Sixth Annual Report Card

    Publish Date:February 2, 2017

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    The 2017 Boston Opportunity Agenda Report Card, an annual measure of the City’s progress on key education metrics, found that high school graduation, college enrollment, and college completion rates continue to increase in Boston. The six-year college completion rate increased to 51.3 percent for 2009 graduates of the Boston Public Schools, an uptick from 50 percent for BPS graduates who completed high school in 2006.  The report also found that the high school graduation rate went up for all three types of schools.
  • 2016 Greater Boston Housing Report Card

    Publish Date:November 29, 2016

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    The Trouble with Growth:
    How Unbalanced Economic Expansion Affects Housing

    The unifying theme of this 14th Greater Boston Housing Report Card is that, in spite of a strong commitment to making housing more affordable in the region and despite a variety of imaginative efforts put forward by the Commonwealth and the City of Boston, housing supply is not keeping up with the housing demand of a growing population and, as a result, housing is less affordable than ever. 

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