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Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management

Helping Government Work Better

The Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management is dedicated to improving efficiency, effectiveness, governance, and accountability at all levels of government, with a particular focus on state and local government. Since its establishment by the state legislature in July 2008, the talented staff of practitioners in this UMass Boston-based center have provided a comprehensive set of services to scores of the Commonwealth’s cities, towns, school districts, and state agencies, as well as to a growing number of municipalities in other states. Our work is guided by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 75, Section 45, which established the Center at the University of Massachusetts.


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New! The Collins Center Launches Public Innovation Design Studio

The pace of new technologies and ever rising expectation for service and transparency in many communities are making the task of managing municipalities more challenging by the day. At the Collins Center, we are increasingly asked to partner with cities, towns, and agencies tackling these complex issues. To meet this need, the Center has created the Public Innovation Design Studio. 

Click to view more Public Innovation Design Studio Information, or to discuss how our services can help your municipality, contact Brianna Sunryd at

Working with the Collins Center is Easy

Chapter 30B, the Uniform Procurement Act, does not apply to working with a state agency per MGL Ch. 30B Sec. 1(4). Because the Collins Center is a state agency, municipalities, school districts, and other public entities may contract directly with the Center without following a 30B-compliant process. Similarly, Massachusetts state agencies may enter into Interagency Service Agreements with the Center.

If you have questions or want to discuss potential projects, please contact Sarah Concannon, Director of Municipal Services,

Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management

University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125-3393

Phone: 617.287.4824 | Fax: 617.287.5566 | Email:

Campus location: Healey Library, 10th Floor, Room 25 University of Massachusetts Boston