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Think Tanks and Policy/Planning Organizations
ACSP: Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
ACSP is a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning. The association promotes education, research, service, and outreach in the United States and throughout the world.
American Planning Association
APA is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. We measure our success by the successes of our members and the communities they serve.
APA's Planning Advisory Service Reports
Four times a year, APA's Planning Advisory Service publishes a new PAS Report with guidance on current issues and innovative practices.
Boston Municipal Research Burreau
Boston Municipal Research Bureau promotes a healthy business and residential climate by advocating for stability and predictability in the basics of city government—tax policies, service delivery and public education. Founded in 1932, the Research Bureau is known for expert research, independent analysis and trusted results.
The Brookings Institution functions as an independent analyst and critic, committed to publishing its findings for the information of the public focusing on public policy issues.
Center for Sustainable Systems: University of Michigan
The Center for Sustainable Systems within the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan is a leader in Industrial Ecology research and education specializing in life cycle assessment of human-built systems that rely on natural resources to provide for society's needs.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Non-partisan research and policy institute working on federal and state fiscal policies and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income Americans.
Congressional Budget Office Reports
The CBO is a nonpartisan federal agency that provides economic information and revenue projections for Congress. Topics include: climate and environment; economy; housing; and infrastructure and transportation.
Government Accountability Office Reports & Testimony
The GAO is a nonpartisan support agency for Congress, charged wit examining matters related to the receipt and disbursement of public funds. GAO reports provide insight into the effectiveness of federal laws and programs.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land. Providing high-quality education and research, the Institute strives to improve public dialogue and decisions about land policy.
PPS: Project for Public Spaces
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public places that build communities.
Public Documents Masterfile
An electronic guide to federal, state, local and international public documents, spanning over 200 years of publication, in a single searchable database.
The Urban Institute
The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues.
Urban Land Institute
ULI documents best practice and publishes books to impart cumulative knowledge to help the development community continuously improve its performance.
Urban Lane Institute: Case Studies
Detailed case studies of successful development projects, including office and business parks, mixed-use communities, and commercial and industrial projects.
URISA: Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
URISA is a non-profit professional and educational association that promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems.
Boston Redevelopment Authority
BRA guides physical, social, and economic change in Boston's neighborhoods and its downtown. The organization provides information on planning initiatives, zoning, affordable housing, development projects, civic design, etc. Archives, reports, maps and research publications are available.
The UMass Donahue Institute's Economic and Public Policy Research unit works with faculty on all five campuses to produce high-level economic and public policy research. The results of this research are disseminated as free-standing research reports and through MassBenchmarks, the journal of the Massachusetts economy published in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Massachusetts Cities & Towns, Comprehensive Information
Massachusetts has 351 cities and towns. This website is a resource for accessing a wide range of official information -- community profiles, state aid (cherry sheets), official websites, and more -- specific to each city and town.
Massachusetts State Documents Online
The State Library of Massachusetts has digitized volumes of the Acts and Resolves from 1692 to 2010 and the full-text of these laws is now available for searching and viewing on this site.