Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. We are dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research.
PPIC is committed to providing essential information and framing policy debates to shape a better future for California. We focus on three overarching themes:
Understanding the Drivers of Change: tracking societal trends that shape policy issues, today and tomorrow.
Improving Policy Responses: analyzing current topics in major budget areas.
Planning for the Future: identifying longer-term investments and policy frameworks.
Our key audiences are California’s elected officials in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Public officials around the state are also important – including those in local governments, on school boards, and with public agencies – as are the media, organizations interested in public policy, and the general public.
We provide high-quality, relevant, and timely research. Our projects span a wide array of policy areas.
Our outreach efforts
connect with a variety of policy-minded groups. Our researchers contribute to the public debate in numerous ways, from writing commentaries
to providing expert testimony to lawmakers.
OUR POLICY RESEARCH STAFF
PPIC is a private operating foundation
founded in 1994 with an endowment from William R. Hewlett. With co-founders Roger W. Heyns and Arjay Miller, Hewlett aspired to help California’s leaders better understand policy issues—and make informed decisions—by providing objective policy research.
In the past, PPIC’s endowment supported many of our activities. Today, we increasingly receive generous assistance
from many foundations and from private individuals and philanthropies. Our donor circle program
provides unrestricted support for important institutional initiatives.