Independent, objective, nonpartisan research


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.

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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Health & Safety Net

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 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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Our timely analyses examine the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and explore what steps can be taken to address them.
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2020 Census

The census plays an essential role in our democracy. The stakes are huge for California.
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Immigrants in California

The state is home to over 11 million immigrants—about a quarter of the foreign-born population in the US.
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Poverty & Inequality

Public policies can address economic hardship and help narrow the divide between rich and poor.
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