COVID-19 Update: The UMass Donahue Institute is currently operating normally and institute staff are working virtually from home at this time. If you wish to call the institute, phone (413) 545-0001. Please see this message to learn more about what we are doing in response to the pandemic.

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COVID-19: A Message to Our Clients, Partners, Colleagues and Friends (UPDATED)

COVID-19: A Message to Our Clients, Partners, Colleagues and Friends (UPDATED)

(Updated December 18, 2020)

A Message to Our Clients, Partners, Colleagues and Friends:
First, we hope that you and your families are staying safe and vigilant during the coronavirus pandemic.

As the pandemic has increased its influence across much of our society, the UMass Donahue Institute continues to fully serve our clients, whether they be in the Commonwealth, New England, across the U.S. and around the world. Our operations have moved into a fully virtual status and we are fortunate to have the necessary technology available to us, and staff fully equipped to maximize its benefits.

Here are just a few written pieces of public outreach and press we've produced in response to the pandemic:


Across Two Waves: COVID-19 Disparities in Massachusetts, a data analysis with The Boston Foundation. Broad concerns remain as Massachusetts and its most vulnerable populations struggle through the second wave of COVID-19 infections.


"Will anything change for the low-wage essential workers once hailed as heroes?", from the Boston Globe. Our constantly updated COVID data dashboard is featured. (8/3/20)


"Massachusetts economy suffers worst quarter in history thanks to coronavirus, UMass study finds", from MassLive. The MassBenchmarks index release is a quarterly update on the economy. Learn more and subscribe. (7/31/20)


"Race, Income, Nursing Homes: Why Does Hampden County Have State's Highest Rate Of COVID-19 Deaths?", from New England Public Radio. EPPR Director Mark Melnik provides analysis on how education, employment and housing can play roles in the virus spread. (5/7/20)

"Massachusetts economy declined 6.1% in the first quarter says economists who warn of more coronavirus pain to come", from MassLive. (5/5/20)


Donahue Data Dash: visualizing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on MA’s communities of color and urban areas. The first in a series of occasional quick data analyses examining important issues facing Massachusetts, New England, and the nation on a variety of economic, demographic, or other topics. Data is continually updated. (4/14/20)


"COVID-19 pandemic pushing the MA economy towards recession", written by the MassBenchmarks editorial board. This piece is based on the board's most recent meeting (Friday, March 13), the first virtual meeting in its 22-year history. (3/17/20)

Many of us have transitioned to working away from our normal office setting. "Top 10 Tips for Working Successfully from Home", is authored by Sharon Vardatira, director of Nonprofit Funding & Fiscal Solutions and director of the institute's Business Development office. As you'll learn, Sharon is a veteran of working from home, and she has some very practical and useful tips for making that experience particularly successful. (3/16/20)

To meet the needs of businesses that continue to focus on staff development, we have "Ten Tips: Transferring Classroom-based Training to a Virtual Learning Environment" and "Tips for Successful Webinars", both authored by Dana Henry, director of Organizational Development & Learning Solutions (ODLS) and Dana Remian, e-Learning Specialist at ODLS. (3/31/20)

Finally, alumni of our many international exchange programs run by the UMass Civic Initiative have been sending us updates from around the world on how the virus has affected them and how they are taking care of themselves. Read updates from Europe, Africa, Australia, South America and Asia.

Contact us at our main number, (413) 545-0001, or visit to access email addresses for our business groups and their staff.

As this pandemic continues to evolve, we wish everyone continued health and safety.

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