David R. Borges
Associate Director/Senior Research Associate
Center for Policy Analysis
David Borges has served as a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Analysis for the past seventeen years and was appointed Associate Director in the summer of 2011. David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
David's focus is applied policy research in the areas of program evaluation, survey research, economic impact analysis, workforce development, public management, and gaming studies. He is involved in nearly all aspects of the Center's operation, including project management and coordination, report writing, budgeting, grant and proposal development, and staff supervision.
David also heads the Center's Division of Polling & Program Evaluation, which specializes in public opinion polling in both quantitative and qualitative forms of program evaluation. The Division works with a wide variety of public and private organizations, including departments and agencies of state and municipal government, non-profit organizations, housing authorities, schools, media outlets, and trade associations.
Analysis of the Creative Industry in Somerville, Massachusetts
The City of Somerville has identified the creative industry as an important component of its economic development strategy. However, despite the myriad of creative activities that take place throughout the city, an in-depth analysis of the industry’s asset base and its effect on cultural economic development has not been undertaken. CFPA will address these questions by measuring the asset base of the creative industry in terms of employment, wages, and tax base and comparing those metrics to the city’s other major sectors.
Southcoast Health System Community Needs Assessment
CFPA is conducting a community needs assessment for Southcoast Health System that will identify the most important health-related issues and needs in the region. The study will document the major demographic, socioeconomic, and health trends among Southcoast residents, with a focus on health behaviors and chronic disease. Asset mapping that identifies the region’s health-focused organizations will also be conducted.
Southcoast Healthy Housing & Workplace Initiative (on-going)
CFPA is the lead evaluator for the SouthCoast Healthy Housing and Workplace Initiative (SCHHWI), a project of Voices for a Healthy Southcoast. SCHHWI seeks to improve heart and lung health in Fall River, New Bedford, and Wareham, Massachusetts by promoting smoke-free public and subsidized housing, worksites, and mental health and substance use treatment facilities. The two-year initiative is funded by the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Community Transformation Grant (CTG) and is authorized by the Affordable Care Act.
An update of the 2012 evaluation of the NB Line Shuttle that serves the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (NHP), Buttonwood Park Zoo, and Fort Taber. Named the NB Line, the shuttle system connects visitors and residents to cultural and recreational destinations throughout New Bedford. The intended outcome of the shuttle implementation is to reduce visitor inconvenience, enhance visitor experience, and improve access to destinations.
Great Expectations (on-going)
Great Expectations is part of an ongoing initiative by UMass Dartmouth's Professional & Continuing Education and its partners to revitalize Fall River’s downtown business district and its waterfront by making these areas attractive and accessible to businesses, residents, and visitors. CFPA is conducting a follow-up economic impact analysis and visitor survey of Seasons of Change sponsored and supported activities. (Click here for the 2011 report).
Bring It On Home: An Overview of the New England Gaming Market is the 4th public release of findings from the New England Gaming Behavior Survey. The study builds on data from previous Gaming Behavior Surveys to refine the analysis of the casino and racino markets in New England.
The survey results indicate that Bay State gamblers are continuing to fuel revenue growth at Twin River by shifting more of their visits away from Foxwoods. New England residents generally (except for Maine) are gambling less, and spending their remaining gambling dollars closer to home.
A Powerpoint presentation that visualizes the development of casinos and racinos throughout the Northeast United States from 1993 to 2013.
Southcoast Health System Economic Impact Analysis
An economic impact analysis of Southcoast Health System, the largest employer in Southeastern Massachusetts. Results show that Southcoast Health System totaled $696 million in direct operating, construction and community benefits expenditures in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in fiscal year 2011. These expenditures generated a total economic impact of $1.4 billion in output, 12,314 jobs and $747 million in labor income.
The Turners Falls RiverCulture Project is a coordinated effort of cultural programming, which has established a varied calendar of events in Turners Falls aimed at "nurturing local artists and establishing an environment that attracts businesses, residents and visitors." This program evaluation measures the perception of RiverCulture among visitors, local businesses, and creative economy organizations/participants in terms of their knowledge of RiverCulture’s mission and its effectiveness in fostering a strong creative economy in Turners Falls.
"Portuguese-Americans and Social Mobility" in Fashioning Ethnic Culture: Portuguese-American Communities along the Eastern Seaboard. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Portuguese in America Series. (With M. Gloria de Sa)
Portuguese-Americans and Contemporary Civic Culture in Southeastern Massachusetts (North Dartmouth: Center for Portuguese Studies & Culture and Luso-American Foundation, 2002). (co-authored with Clyde W. Barrow and Shawna E. Sweeney)
New England Casino Gaming Update: Patron Origin Analysis and a Critique of its Critics in Gaming Law Review and Economics, Vol. 14, No. 3 (2010): 175-186. (With Clyde W. Barrow)
"Cape and the Islands Region." Toward a New Prosperity: Building Regional Competitiveness Across the Commonwealth," (Boston: Massachusetts Department of Economic Development, 2002):81-90.
"AHA! Sharing Arts and Culture," The South Coast Insider, January/February 2001. p.28.
"Regional Commercial Airports: Governance and Marketing," International City/County Management Association, Volume 29, No. 11. (November 1997), co-authored with Dr. Clyde W. Barrow
"Education and Economic Development," The SouthCoast Insider, November 1997 p.28.
The Center for Policy Analysis is located on the far eastern edge of the Dartmouth campus at 128 Chase Road in what was once the university President's official residence. You can get to the Center via the access road behind the Public Safety building (across from parking lot 6) or from the Pine Gale Hall paring lot. The Center can also be accessed from off-campus via Chase Road.
David R. Borges, M.P.A.
Center for Policy Analysis