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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.

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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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 Economic Policy Center

The PPIC Economic Policy Center inspires practical policy solutions that promote a robust, resilient economy, improving the prospects of workers, families, and businesses statewide.
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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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2024 Election

PPIC provides timely, independent insights on the state’s electorate and important ballot choices.
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The coronavirus outbreak posed a tremendous challenge to California, the nation, and the global community. PPIC’s analyses have examined the impacts of COVID-19 and how policy choices and other actions can help address them.
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The high cost of housing poses a threat to the state’s economic future and widens inequality. Not surprisingly, Californians identify housing affordability and homelessness as among the most important issues facing the state. PPIC examines current and emerging housing needs and highlights the role of public policies in addressing the state’s housing crisis.
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Immigrants in California

California is home to nearly 10 million immigrants, accounting for almost a quarter of the foreign-born population in the US. PPIC’s research builds understanding of important immigration trends in California and highlights key issues in immigration policy at the state and federal levels.
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Poverty & Inequality

More than a quarter of Californians live in or near poverty, and the longstanding divide between rich and poor poses a major challenge for our state and nation. PPIC builds understanding of what economic disparities mean for households and communities, while highlighting policies that can broaden opportunity and increase well-being.
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