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  • Founded in 1989, the Institute for Social Research is committed to advancing the understanding of the social world through applied research. We conduct public opinion surveys, perform program/policy evaluations, and provide a comprehensive list of data analytic services (both quantitative and qualitative) for government agencies, non-profits, and the academic community. A multidisciplinary social science organization, the ISR has extensive experience in all areas of research design, data collection, data analysis, and data management. Our projects have enhanced decision-making, improved the use of resources, ensured program fidelity, and advanced the overall quality of programs/policies designed to address various social problems.

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    CSU Sacramento Professor and Students Help Conduct Project on Transient Homelessness: Dr. Arturo Baiocchi (assistant professor of social work at California State University, Sacramento), along with graduate students Matthew Foy (sociology), Russ Reed, and Antoine Watkins (social work) are helping to conduct a community needs assessment in Sacramento’s River District. The project, a collaboration with Sacramento Steps Forward (SSF), has a focus on homeless adults who have recently traveled to Sacramento.

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    CALSPEAKS is an ongoing collection and investigation of citizens' voices in California, focusing on the distinctive economic, social, political, and environmental issues that confront our state.

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Spring Newsletter!

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AAPOR Transparency Initiative - ISR

The ISR is happy to annouce our membership in the AAPOR Transparency Initiative, furthering ISR's commitment to an open science of survey research. The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) is the leading professional organization of public opinion and survey research professionals in the U.S., with members from academia, media, government, the non-profit sector and private industry. For more info please head to

American Evaluation Association's annual meeting in Chicago

On November 12th ISR’s own Alton Williams (Graduate Research Analyst) and Professor Arturo Baiocchi (Faculty Associate) presented at the American Evaluation Association’s annual meeting in Chicago. Their presentation—“Assessing Perceptions of Racial Isolation and Other Institutional Barriers in STEM Evaluation Research”— was based on ISR’s continuing five-year evaluation of the Bridges to Baccalaureate Program at San Francisco State University. The talk highlighted ISR’s strategy for exploring both the individual-level as well as institutional-level impacts of the BRIDGES program, which is part of broader initiative by the National Institute of Health to increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing doctorate training in the biomedical sciences. The presentation reviewed how the researchers are using a “critical race theory” lens for conceptualizing the ongoing challenges, as well as the potential sites of success, for these types of targeted interventions. Alton and Arturo are planning to use the presentation to draft an article manuscript to submit to the American Journal of Evaluation in the next year.

Good job Alton and Arturo!

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