Past Research and Reports

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Annual Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy2019 Edition of the Innovation Index Report Cover

Past Innovation Indexes | 1997-2019

MassTech produces the Annual Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, the Commonwealth’s tool for benchmarking the status and progress of our innovation economy.  Since 1997, the Index has provided users with a wealth of data and information for assessing the performance and progress of the Commonwealth’s Innovation Economy. 


Growing Innovative Companies to Scale: How Does Massachusetts Measure Up? (2015)Growing Innovative Companies to Scale: How Does Massachusetts Measure Up? Report Cover

Growing Innovative Companies to Scale: How Does Massachusetts Measure Up? is a report of the MIT Industrial Performance Center that was released in 2015 with the sponsorship of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership. This report brings together for the first time a critical mass of observations, data, and analysis to addresses the critical issue of how innovative companies scale up their businesses and assesses how the Massachusetts economy compares in this dimension of performance with other regions of the country.


Mass. Robotics Cluster Report (2015)

In 2015, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative commissioned an analysis of the Massachusetts robotics industry, a study undertaken by ABI Research. Building off existing sector research and working with an advisory board of top executives from industry and academia, ABI developed a report which: provides an overview of the global robotics marketplace; identifies technical, business, and investment trends; and provides an analysis of public and private robotics business development initiatives in the Commonwealth. ABI's research also dug into the Commonwealth's class-leading robotics segments (unmanned underwater vehicles, military mobile ground, eCommerce logistics technologies) and highlights global economic trends that influence the emerging robotics technologies.


2014 MeHI Provider and Consumer Health IT Research Study2014 MeHI Provider and Consumer Health IT Research Study

In 2014, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative presented the 2014 MeHI Provider and Consumer Health IT Research Study. Sponsored by MeHI and conducted by the respected health industry research firm Market Decisions LLC, this study is designed to provide comprehensive information on the use, needs, and attitudes towards Health IT among Massachusetts healthcare providers and consumers, and to identify key drivers for eHealth adoption across the Commonwealth.


The 2014 Massachusetts Big Data Report: A Foundation For Global LeadershipThe 2014 Massachusetts Big Data Report: A Foundation For Global Leadership Report Cover Thumbnail

Released in early 2014, the study was assembled and released with support from the Innovation Institute at MassTech, as part of the Mass Big Data Initiative, and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership. That report sought to provide an initial baseline understanding of the landscape of the Mass Big Data ecosystem, including challenges, opportunities, and the strong potential for growth. It represented a foundational analysis of the regional Mass Big Data ecosystem and its position as a global leader in the expanding fields of big data, open data, and analytics.


Innovating for Growth:  A Gateway Cities Symposium  Innovating for Growth:  A Gateway Cities Symposium cover thumbnail
This report documented the October 2013 event, where leaders from four Gateway Cities in Massachusetts (Holyoke, Lowell, New Bedford and Worcester), were brought together at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Gateway Park. This full-day event focused on how each of these cities worked to grow their Innovation Economy, discussions centered around ways to promote “entrepreneurship for all,” potential challenges to each city's economic future, and ways to overcome those challenges.  Captured here was the discussion between Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and noted entrepreneur Desh Deshpande, which focused on the power of entrepreneurship and innovation in Gateway Cities, as well as the importance of public-private partnerships.


Staying Power II: A Report Card on Manufacturing in Massachusetts  Staying Power II, 2012 Manufacturing in Mass. report cover
A 2012, comprehensive report on the state of manufacturing in Massachusetts, and a follow up to the 2008 research report titled Staying Power: The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts.  These reports show the resiliency of manufacturing in Massachusetts, a sector that managed to survive with fewer than expected losses, despite an 18 month-long recession starting in late 2007.



Building Bridges to Growth: A Roadmap for Advanced Manufacturing in MassachusettsBuilding Bridges to Growth Report Cover

This roadmap adopts a definition of advanced manufacturing as a process — a way of producing — that “makes extensive use of computer, high precision, and information technologies integrated with a high performance work force in a production system capable of furnishing a heterogeneous mix of products in small or large volumes with both the efficiency of mass production and the flexibility for custom manufacturing in order to respond rapidly to customer demands.”


Critical Care; Critical Choices
The Case for Tele-ICUs in Intensive CareCritical Care, Critical Choices

The New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative released a report that shows tele-ICU technology could save 350 additional lives, benefit hospitals financially, and save more than $122 million annually if broadly and effectively implemented across Massachusetts.  Intensive care units (ICUs) are a vitally important component of health care in U.S. hospitals, treating six million of the sickest and oldest patients every year. The choices about how to manage ICUs carry high stakes: ICUs have both the highest mortality and the highest costs in health care, accounting for 4.1 percent of the nation’s $2.6 trillion in annual health care spending, or nearly $107 billion per year.


An International Strategy for MassachusettsAn International Strategy for Massachusetts Report Cover

Working in partnership with public, private and academic sectors, MassTech crafted an international strategy for the Commonwealth to reap the benefits of cross-border collaborations. The report provides a clear, detailed blueprint for creating new jobs and stimulating economic growth through increased international trade and investment. 

The Strategy reviews the state’s assets, obstacles, and competition from other states. The report affirms Massachusetts’ stature as a global leader in several areas with a world-renowned life sciences industry, world-class academic institutions and research centers, and leading clean technology and alternative energy standards. The Strategy predicates future success on increased interagency collaboration and state interaction with universities and business communities on international economic activities.


Renewable Energy Trust Report CoverRenewable Energy Results for Massachusetts
A Report on the Renewable Energy Trust Fund 1998–2008 

During the decade between 1998 and 2008, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative was responsible for directing and administering the Renewable Energy Trust, a fund created by the Commonwealth to provide the Commonwealth and its electricity ratepayers with economic and environmental benefits from renewable energy. This paper describes the origins and purposes of the Trust, explains MassTech’s implementation strategies, and highlights what MassTech accomplished during the years it administered the Trust.


Planning for Change, Preparing for Growth (1996)Planning for Change, Preparing for Growth Report, 1996 report cover

Massachusetts has long been blessed with an unparalleled concentration of the world's best known and respected research institutions - universities, medical centers, non­profit technical organizations, and technology-intensive firms. Historically, there has been a synergy between the excellence of our research institutions and federal research funding.

In the mid-1990s, certain events signaled a reduction in the federal government's support for scientific, engineering, and medical research. In response to those shifts, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative selected the Economic Resource Group, Inc. (ERG) to conduct a study of the implications of proposed federal technology funding reductions on Massachusetts research institutions and economy.  “Planning for Change, Preparing for Growth,” published in February 1996, is a report based on these findings.