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At the Public Policy Institute of California, we believe in the power of good information to build a brighter future for the state. We are committed to providing high-quality research and analysis—encouraging productive dialogue and inspiring the search for sustainable policy solutions in Sacramento and around the state.

Climate Change/Energy

We monitor the state’s climate change, energy, and water policies through analysis of public opinion, local government actions, and industry trends.

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Criminal Justice

We examine California’s criminal justice system and the impact of reform, focusing on costs, effectiveness, and public safety.

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We track trends in economic development, employment, housing, income, and industry.
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Fiscal/Governance Reform

We analyze the effects of current and proposed reforms, focusing on the state budget, state-local realignment, and tax policy.

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Health & Human Services

We assess the implementation of child welfare, health care, and other safety net programs as well as their impact on poverty, opportunity, and economic well-being.

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K-12 Education

We examine equity, funding, and student achievement in California’s schools.

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Political Landscape

We track elections, voter behavior, the effects of partisanship, and shifts in public opinion. The PPIC Statewide Survey provides a voice for the public and likely voters on key policy issues facing the state.

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We analyze the immediate and long-term policy implications of a changing population, including factors such as immigration.

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PPIC Centers

PPIC Higher Education Center

The PPIC Higher Education Center advances practical solutions that enhance educational opportunities for all of California’s students—improving lives and expanding economic growth across the state.

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PPIC Statewide Survey

The PPIC Statewide Survey provides a voice for the public and likely voters—informing policymakers, encouraging discussion, and raising awareness on critical issues of the day.
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PPIC Water Policy Center

The PPIC Water Policy Center spurs innovative water management solutions that support a healthy economy, environment, and society—now and for future generations.

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How does PPIC select its policy research topics?

Our topics address major areas of California’s budget and evaluate key long-term challenges. Ideas are generated from a variety of sources, including policymakers and other leaders, funders, and internal and external experts. An exacting internal and external review process vets each research proposal for quality, timeliness, and relevance.

How does PPIC ensure the quality of its policy research?

Our policy research relies on rigorous, state-of-the-art methods. All projects undergo an extensive, demanding internal and external review process that includes both academic and policymaking experts.

Does PPIC make specific policy recommendations?

We do not develop or recommend specific legislative proposals. However, we do evaluate policy goals and ways to meet them, offer comparative assessments of particular policy goals, and recommend policy strategies and mechanisms.

I need to talk to an expert about a particular topic. What do I do?

Members of our communications staff can assist you.

General media:
Steven Bliss

Water policy media:
Sarah Bardeen

State government members:
Kellie Longo Flores

All others:
Hannah Noonan

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