Data and Reports

Engaging Hidden and Future Workers to Grow the Local Economy

This report from the UMass Amherst Donahue Institute was commissioned by the North Central Mass Chamber of Commerce in 2022, revealing recommendations that will take cross-sector collaboration to plan for a thriving local workforce.

East Quabbin Transportation Study

The 2023 East Quabbin Transportation Study published by the Central Mass Regional Planning Commission analyzes the unique issues affecting rural towns with aging populations and little public transit and provides recommendations for planning a future with greater mobility.

2021 Community Health Assessment of North Central Massachusetts

View the 2021 Community Health Assessment of North Central Massachusetts (PDF) published by UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital. 

Heywood Healthcare Community Health Assessment

View the 2021 Health Needs Assessment for the Heywood Healthcare system (PDF).

Healthy People 2030 USA Department of Health & Human Services

Healthy People is a set of goals and objectives with 10-year targets designed to guide national health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve the health of all people in the United States.

Community Commons

Community Commons is a robust online platform that supports change-makers working to advance equitable community health and well-being. For over a decade, we’ve connected those driving change to the best tools, resources, data, and stories to support this work. 

Search or browse to discover:

  • Thousands of curated tools, resources, data, and stories
  • Organized into 10 Discovery Streams and over 200 Topic Areas
  • Hundreds of new resources added each month

Campaign Planning Tool from Spitfire

Spitfire, creators of “The Smart Chart” and “Discovering the Activation Point”, has an invaluable new tool to help you plan more effective campaigns. Planning to Win: The Just Enough Guide for Campaigners is based on real results from the field, it’s easy to use, and best of all, it’s free! With the partnership and support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and input from dozens of campaign experts, Spitfire’s newest tool helps organizations and coalitions build effective plans that lead to winning behavior, corporate or policy change campaigns.

Planning to Win follows a simple six-step process for successful campaign planning and also offers real-life lessons from campaign wins. The tool is mobile and tablet friendly, exportable, shareable, and flexible (meaning you can move through it at your own pace).


CommunityHELP, the online community resource database launched in 2018 for the Central and MetroWest Massachusetts region, has a collaboration with Mass211, the statewide free information and referral hotline. The collaboration will provide phone support for those searching for services on the CommunityHELP (Health and Everyday Living Programs) portal.

CommunityHELP Videos

CommunityHELP Accounts

Community organizations can change their program information, modify hours of service, add program screeners, and change their contact preferences.

AARP Livable Communities Library

The AARP Livable Communities Library offers free publications that have been created to help community leaders and residents make where they live more livable for people of all ages. Includes placemaking, rural living, housing, community engagement, and more.

All-In Cities Policy Toolkit

Interested in learning more about policy solutions to advance racial inclusion and equitable growth? Check out the new All-In Cities Policy Toolkit released July 13. It provides more information on many of the policy strategies shared on the Atlas including living wage provisions, local and targeted hiring, summer youth employment, housing trust funds, racial equity impact assessments, and more. View the toolkit launch webinar with a demo on how to navigate the site, and stay tuned for new content!

Low Income Investment Fund

The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) has launched a Social Impact Calculator, a first-of-its-kind tool that allows a user to monetize - or put a dollar amount on - the social impact of investments in low-income communities. The ability to measure results has become increasingly important for the field of community development, where organizations must be able to effectively communicate the value of their work in order to unlock new sources of capital and form new partnerships. The calculator measures the social value of affordable housing, early care and education, K-12 education, health, and equitable transit-oriented development. It was designed as an open-source tool for other organizations to use and adapt.

What Family Caregivers Need: Findings from Listening Sessions

University of Massachusetts at Boston and Community Catalyst, May 17, 2021

These twelve family caregiver listening sessions included diverse caregivers, from teen caregivers to caregiving grandparents, and varying racial and ethnic backgrounds. The listening sessions caught the emotional and financial stresses caregivers experience, and their priorities and concerns, including respite, caregiving education and training, and financial considerations such as direct pay for caregiving. Read the report.

The Radical Way Cities are Tackling Affordable Housing

View an article about the radical way cities are tackling affordable housing.