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BARI: A Collaborative Approach to Policy, Practice, & Research in Boston

Deborah Elizabeth Finn, Tech Networks of Boston

Friday, March 28, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) hosts roundtables every other Friday afternoon. These are informal discussions and presentations, on a wide range of topics of interest to TNB's staff, nonprofit clients, and friends.

We hope that you will join us on  March 28th, when we will continue with one of our favorite themes: collaboration and knowledge sharing that helps nonprofit organizations work more effectively!

Our featured speakers on the topic of "The Boston Area Research Initiative - A Collaborative Approach to Policy, Practice and Research" will be David Luberoff and Dan O’Brien.

The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) seeks to spur original urban research on the cutting edge of social science and public policy. In conducting and interpreting this research, BARI seeks to forge mutually beneficial relationships among the region’s scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and civic leaders.

Here’s what David and Dan say about their upcoming TNB Roundtable session:

How can Boston-area non-profits benefit from, aid, and collaborate with the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) an innovative partnership that seeks to spur original urban research on the cutting edge of social science and public policy? At this session, David Luberoff, senior project advisor to BARI, and Dan O’Brien, BARI’s research director, will discuss BARI's policy-relevant research, which makes use of new sources of data from public, non-profit, and other entities; demonstrate several tools of interest to practitioners, including the Boston Research Map, which makes it easy for scholars and practitioners to create customized, informative maps about Boston and its neighborhoods; and describe BARI’s efforts to build an on-line network that will better connect the region’s scholars, policymakers, practitioners and civic leaders.

Here’s a bit more about David:

David Luberoff is Senior Project Advisor to the Boston Area Research Initiative and a Lecturer on Sociology at Harvard University where he teaches courses on urban issues and governance. He also is a consultant and freelance writer specializing in such issues as transportation, infrastructure, land use, and urban governance. He was Executive Director of Harvard’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Associate Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, an adjunct lecturer at both the Kennedy School and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and editor of The Tab, the largest group of weekly newspapers in greater Boston. The author of many articles and case studies on the politics of infrastructure and land-use policies, he is the co-author (with Alan Altshuler) of Mega-Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment, which was named 2003’s best book on urban politics by the American Political Science Association’s urban section. He received an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government.

Here’s a bit more about Dan:

Dan O’Brien is the research director for the Boston Area Research Initiative, leading and coordinating a range of urban research projects that include collaborators from across the social and behavioral sciences, as well as local policymakers and practitioners. His research uses large, administrative data sets (i.e., “big data”) in conjunction with traditional methodologies to explore psychology and sociology in urban neighborhoods. Much of his work has been on: "broken windows," or the presence of disorder and deterioration in a neighborhood; and using urban neighborhoods as a study case for the evolution of cooperation. Dan came to BARI from Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY, where he received his doctorate and was a founding member of the Binghamton Neighborhood Project, a program similar to BARI in its interdisciplinary effort to unify researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the study of urban life.

Please note that session will not be a sales pitch for any product or service. The TNB Roundtable series is an educational opportunity for nonprofit professionals to learn along with their peers from other organizations.

We hope that you can join us for a lively conversation! Please respond to this invitation, to let us know whether you'll be attending. We are running a very popular series in a very small conference room, so a definite YES or NO is real help to us.

Best regards from Deborah

Deborah Elizabeth Finn | Senior Strategist
Tech Networks of Boston
1 Wadleigh Place | South Boston, MA 02127
617.504.8188 | 888.527.9333 Fax
deborah@techboston.com | techboston.com

Have questions about BARI: A Collaborative Approach to Policy, Practice, & Research in Boston? Contact Deborah Elizabeth Finn, Tech Networks of Boston

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Deborah Elizabeth Finn, Tech Networks of Boston

Tech Networks of Boston helps mission-based organizations in Greater Boston enhance their effective use of information technology. Our services include IT strategic planning and assessment services, IT services management, project management, data integration, software development, web design, systems engineering, training, deskside support, and 24/7 support services including end-user support, remote server monitoring and emergency onsite service.

In addition to providing IT Services, Tech Networks of Boston engages with nonprofits in the Boston area. Our initiatives include our Roundtable events and our IT Community of Practice. These groups provide nonprofit professionals and consultants with networking and professional development opportunities.

TNB is also a leader in service to the community. We contribute financially and through hands-on work. Our partnerships include talent development with the Shriver Job Corps, protecting our climate with the Climate Action Business Association, and promoting nonprofit fundraisers through our Boston Charity Events newsletter and website. Participating generously and responsibly in our local, business, client and world communities are a core value of TNB.

Tech Networks of Boston is a Massachusetts Benefit corporation and a Certified B Corporation, underlining our commitment to serving triple bottom line values of "People, Planet, and Profit". Our mission is to enable organizations to use innovative and effective tools to serve human needs.

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