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The Boston Data Portal makes publicly available the data products from BARI projects. The Data Portal is a key part of BARI’s efforts to collect and disseminate information that foster policy/research collaborations.

The Data Portal has two components: the Data Library and the Research Map.

BARI offers Data Portal trainings for community organizations. If you or your organization would like to attend or host a training, please email us at

Tutorial Videos

BARI makes available training materials for the Boston Data Portal. We have published a series of tutorial videos on YouTube, which provide an overview of the Boston Research Map’s basic functions.

Community-Based Trainings

BARI hosts a series of trainings on the Boston Data Portal for community-based organizations. The trainings cover the Boston Data Portal, an online platform where visitors of all experience levels can browse, map, analyze, and download a variety of data describing the people, places, and neighborhoods of Boston.

This training will help participants:
-Learn more about the communities you serve;
-Support the goals of the communities you serve; and
-Promote informed advocacy centered on your particular goals.

Because space is limited, we request only three people per organization at a single training. If you would like to offer the training to more of your staff, email us at to discuss an in-house training.

The Data Consultant

The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) – through the generosity of the Herman & Frieda L. Miller Foundation – is introducing a new Data Consultant to assist community organizations carrying out data-related initiatives and projects. This support includes but is not limited to: (1) providing insight and advice on finding and acquiring data resources (both within BARI’s Boston Data Portal and beyond), (2) assisting organizations to accurately measure indicators of interest in their secondary analyses or survey/interview construction, (3) assisting organizations using analytical software, like R, for their analyses, (4) reviewing and commenting on in-progress or completed analyses, and (5) providing tutorials and helpful materials for common data analytical issues.*

The Data Consultant is an extension of BARI’s successful community training program where BARI makes digital data more accessible for community organizations and their constituents. In these trainings, some participants often ask for more detailed information about specific data resources and analyses that go beyond the scope of the introductory training. In keeping with our mission to build and serve a network of partnerships that benefit local communities, BARI introduced the Data Consultant to help community organizations in need of more detailed information or one-on-one assistance.

To schedule time with BARI’s Data Consultant, please email to setup a call or in-person meeting. Please use the phrase “Data Consultant” in the subject line of your email.   

*Adhering to the role of consultant, the Data Consultant will not be expected undertake full projects, run analyses, or procure funding or permission-based data resources on behalf of community organizations. BARI hopes that community organizations will use the BARI Data Consultant to bridge the digital divide and learn how to better “speak data” in this increasingly data-driven world.