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Springline Research Group is a multidisciplinary applied research firm that utilizes the tools of the social scientist and the policy analyst to answer strategic questions that support evidence-based decision making on critical economic, workforce, social, and policy issues. Collectively, our team has over 30 years of experience assisting public, private, and nonprofit organizations with research, technical assistance, and analytical services designed to help make our state, region, and communities better places to live, work, and do business.

We specialize in projects that contribute to economic development, workforce development, public health, and community-building. Springline’s foundation is built on our experience conducting research in an academic setting, thus rigorous and replicable methods, transparency, objectivity, and the presentation of clear and actionable results are the ethos of our company. Ultimately, we are a data-driven research team focused on providing clients the information and tools they need to make decisions, set goals, monitor progress, and solve problems.  

David R. Borges, MPA

David Borges is a multidisciplinary applied research analyst with twenty-five years’ experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research that supports evidence-based decision making. David has worked with a wide variety of public and private organizations to conduct research in the areas of economic development, workforce development, program evaluation, economic impact analysis, market feasibility, and public health.


Prior to founding Springline Research Group, David spent over twenty years at UMass Dartmouth’s Public Policy Center, building that institution into the leading applied public research institution in Southeastern Massachusetts. David holds a B.A. from UMass Dartmouth in Political Science and an M.P.A. from the University of Central Florida.

Michael P. McCarthy, MPP

Michael McCarthy has nearly a decade of working with state and municipal governments and agencies, non-profit organizations, housing authorities, and school districts on a variety of projects including economic impact analyses, program evaluations, and needs assessments.

Prior to founding Springline Research Group, Michael worked as the Senior Research Associate at the Public Policy Center at UMass Dartmouth until it's closure in 2020. Michael received an M.P.P. from UMass Dartmouth, where he also earned a B.A. in English.

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