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  • The Center for Collaborative Policy (CCP)

      Established in 1992,

our mission is to build the capacity of public agencies, stakeholder groups, and the public to use collaborative strategies to improve policy outcomes. The Center is a unit of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Sacramento. The Center was established in 1992 as the California Center for Public Dispute Resolution.

  • The Center for California Studies (CCS)

      The Center for California Studies is a public education, public service, and applied research unit of California State University Sacramento. Founded in 1982 and located on the capital campus of the California State University (CSU), the Center possesses a unique trust: to bring the resources of the state's largest university system to the service of public discourse, civic education, and state government. The Center performs functions integral to the mission of the CSU. It fulfills a public service role inherent in the responsibilities of a public university. It encourages research and creative activities in support of the University's instructional mission. It provides resources for the preparation of California students for life in a multi-ethnic world.

  • The Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy (IHELP)

      IHELP conducts research and applies knowledge and evidence to produce actionable recommendations to improve policy, practice, and leadership for postsecondary readiness and success. Their research, evaluation, technical assistance, policy development, and other services inform policy makers, practitioners, and educators. They focus on educational institutions that serve diverse populations whose education is vital for individual success, a healthy society, and a globally competitive economy. IHELP is a non-profit organization funded privately through grants and contracts.

  • The Consortium of Applied Social Science Research Centers (CASSRC)

      CASSRC, the Consortium of Applied Social Science Research Centers, is comprised of 13 research centers located throughout California State University campuses. While each center is an independent entity that conducts applied social science research, through CASSRC, the centers link together to provide tremendous research capacity and expertise.


      CASSRC centers offer a wide variety of applied research services. From project design and development, to data collection and analyses, to the final stages of report and presentation preparation, the entire research process is tailored to meet the specific needs of each client.


      The Institute for Social Research (ISR) is the affiliated CASSRC center located at CSU, Sacramento.

  • Project for an Informed Electorate (PIE)

      The Project for an Informed Electorate's mission is to empower citizens by fostering greater understanding of politics, policy, and government. PIE is dedicated to identifying, creating, and disseminating accurate, trustworthy, open, and non-partisan information. PIE does so by conducting academic research, organizing public events, and pursuing innovative means of achieving widespread civic knowledge.


      The Project for an Informed Electorate is housed at the Institute for Social Research at California State University, Sacramento, and directed by Associate Professor of Government, Kimberly Nalder.


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  • Public Health Research Program (PHSRP)

      At California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State), the Public Health Survey Research Program’s (PHSRP) mission is to improve public health in California by conducting high-quality, policy impactful research in partnership with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other collaborators. As a research-based program, PHSRP is focused on supporting and extending the University’s research expertise and capabilities, and providing students with research experience.


      PHSRP was created in 2014 to align the research needs of CDPH with the dynamic faculty and student capacities of Sacramento State, in particular the College of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (SSIS). We conduct research which increases our understanding of people’s health behaviors and their health needs, and provides policy makers with the data they require to make evidence based decisions.


      We provide researchers with a variety of services and support, from survey development, programming, and administration, to database management and data analysis. PHSRP runs a full service, English/Spanish bilingual Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) call center, and can support a wide range of research methodologies including mixed methods design and data collection, program evaluation studies, mailed paper surveys, face-to-face interviews and focus groups, and internet and mobile surveys.


      PHSRP endeavors to further Sacramento State’s mission of providing quality education and training to students. Both undergraduate and graduate students are employed as interviewers, interns, and volunteers, affording students valuable real-world experience in an applied research environment.