• About the Project

About the Project

The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation - grant maker, partner in philanthropy, key convener, and civic leader - coordinates the Boston Indicators Project in partnership with the City of Bostonand the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). The Project relies on the expertise of hundreds of stakeholders gathered in multiple convenings to frame its conclusions, and draws data from the wealth of information and research generated by the region’s excellent public agencies, civic institutions, think tanks, and community based organizations. The Boston Foundation will release a biennial report, with supplemental updates and outreach, through the year 2030, Boston’s 400th anniversary.

The Boston Indicators Project offers new ways to understand Boston and its neighborhoods in a regional, national and global context. It aims to democratize access to information, foster informed public discourse, track progress on shared civic goals, and report on change in 10 sectors: Civic Vitality, Cultural Life and the Arts, the Economy, Education, the Environment, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Technology, and Transportation.

Through its interactions with the broad civic community, the Project also works to develop a shared Civic Agenda reflecting the perspectives of thousands of participants - from school children and engaged residents to academic and community-based experts to public officials and policymakers. Expressed for the first time in the 2002-2004 Indicators Report, the Emerging Civic Agenda informed the development of the John LaWare Leadership Forum, launched in 2005, which convenes Greater Boston’s business and civic leaders to focus on and respond to regional competitiveness issues. The Project also sponsors seminars to bring people together across the city and region, with an emphasis on new and emerging leaders.

All Boston Indicators Project reports are available here. This website provides sector highlights, indicators with data available for download, and exciting features such as the Hub of Innovation, a Research Center, and a Data Portal leading to other data-rich sites. New research from area and national sources is posted on a regular basis. In partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Boston Indicators Project offers a data-rich online mapping website www.MetroBostonDataCommon.org. MAPC and the Boston Indicators Project are also now part of then Open Indicators Consortium (OIC) based at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell which, with regional and state partners from across the nation, is creating an open source platform for the visualization of indicators and data.