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The ISR frequently takes on multiple projects from a diverse set of issue areas and employing a variety of methodologies. Below is a list of a selection of our current and ongoing projects. By clicking on the title a brief project description will be displayed.
- Bridges to Baccalaureate - CSUS Science Transfer Project
- The Institute for Social Research is currently conducting a program evaluation of the California State University (CSUS) Science Transfer Project (STP). The project is designed to increase participation of underrepresented minorities in biomedical sciences and research careers and includes students from American River College, Cosumnes River College, and Sacramento City College. Students are given the opportunity to participate in seminars on responsible research practices, professional skills workshops, and summer study programs. The summer sessions introduce students to scientific research techniques and allow students to conduct independent research projects with guidance from a CSUS faculty mentor. The ISR evaluation will assess the extent to which program activities impact student outcomes including transfer rates, graduation rates, student GPA, declared major, overall understanding, and post-graduation activities.
- Bridges to Baccalaureate
- San Francisco State has contracted with the ISR to perform a program evaluation of Bridges to the Baccalaureate, a program funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1993. This program’s initial goal is to increase the participation and retention of underrepresented minority students at four Bay Area community colleges: the City College of San Francisco, and three San Mateo County Community College District colleges: Skyline, the College of San Mateo, and Cañada. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of underrepresented students who transfer to a four year university, majoring in a biomedical/behavioral science. Another program goal is designed to provide these students with the academic preparation, skills, and confidence to pursue an advanced degree (MS, MD, PhD). During the course of two years, students participate in many activities, such as directed and independent laboratory research, doctoral preparation workshops, and seminar series. Previous participants have gone on to successfully complete medical school and doctoral programs. Others, many with master’s degrees, can be found performing academic research or working in private company laboratories. One component of the program evaluation is to conduct and analyze surveys about the various program activities. As another component of the Bridges program evaluation, ISR will conduct an alumni survey of past participants.
- Community Care Licensing (CCL) Key Indicators Study (2011-2014)
- The ISR has contracted with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Community Care Licensing (CCL) Division to provide guidance, design, development, analyses, and implementation of new inspection compliance protocol(s) evaluation tools. These tools will be used by CCL in the inspection process for residential care facilities. The ISR will design and develop the Key Indicator Inspection Model (KIM) to complement the current inspection process, which ensures compliance with state regulations. The ISR will also provide formal recommendations and technical assistance for these evaluation tools. For those interested, please click here to access audio files from a Stakeholder Meeting held October 28, 2011 at Sacramento State University.
- Community Care Licensing (CCL) Caregiver Background Check Bureau (CBCB) Workload Study
- The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) has contracted with the Institute for Social Research (ISR) to conduct a workload study on activities performed by Caregiver Background Check Bureau (CBCB) unit staff. The ISR will work collaboratively with the CCLD and the CBCB to determine workload standards for CBCB analysts who carry out criminal history background checks to ensure that residential and day care facilities serving Californians meet legal requirements established to insure their safety.
- Community Care Licensing (CCL) Licensing Program Analyst (LPA) Workload Study
- The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) has contracted with the Institute for Social Research (ISR) to conduct a workload study on activities performed by Licensing Program Analysts (LPAs). The ISR will work collaboratively with the CCL division in the data collection, analysis and interpretation phases of the project to determine the amount of time required by LPA's to conduct the inspection process for a variety of residential and day care facilities that provide services to children and adults throughout California. The evaluation will update a previous study conducted by the ISR in 2001 which was used by the CCL to determine workload standards and staffing requirements for its workforce. The current study will take into account the new inspection processes developed by CCL, additional regulatory requirements and the substantial growth in the number of facilities that have occured in the past decade.
- Child Care Pest Management Survey (DPR) 2013
- The ISR has contracted with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to conduct a mixed methods survey of pest management practices in all 11,000 licensed child care centers across California. Beginning in January 2013, respondents will be able to participate in the study by emailing, faxing, or mailing the survey to ISR, or by filling it out on a secure, ISR-developed website designed for this project. This is the second time the state’s child care centers will be surveyed; the first survey took place in 2008. This 2013 survey will help DPR understand the current state of pesticide use and look for positive changes since 2008. DPR’s goal is to increase the use of more environmentally-friendly pest management practices in the state’s child care centers, and to reduce children and staff exposure to undesirable methods of managing bugs and rodents.
California Election Data Archive (CEDA)
- CEDA is a joint project of the Center for California Studies, the ISR and the Office of the California Secretary of State. The purpose of CEDA is to provide researchers, citizens, public agencies and other interested parties with a single repository of local election data. CEDA summarizes candidate and ballot measure results for county, city, community college and school district elections in three separate reports that have been published annually since 1995. To view a video describing CEDA (includes accompanying transcript) produced by Sacramento State, please click here. Links to previous years' reports, written summaries of results and trends, summary tables, and raw data can be found by clicking here: CEDA Reports.
- Evaluation of the California State University-Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program
- The Alliances for Minority Participation (AMP) program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of under-represented minority students successfully completing programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The CSU-LSAMP program was founded in 1994. In November 2003, with the initiation of Phase III of the program, California State University, Sacramento became the system coordinator for the 19 participating CSU campuses. The ISR is responsible for implementation of the project’s evaluation plan, including obtaining and analyzing student and institutional outcome measures. The ISR prepares annual progress reports for campus project coordinators and will produce a final report in October 2008 addressing the extent to which the program contributed to STEM enrollment, STEM degrees and improved individual student performance. The report will also evaluate the program’s contribution to the institutionalization of strategies and pathways that redress barriers to under-represented minority participation in STEM fields. (Website)
- First 5 California Annual Report
- The California Children and Families Commission (First 5 California) was created as a result of the California Children and Families Act of 1998 (Proposition 10). First 5 California is the lead agency and statewide coordinator charged with facilitating and enacting the goals of this Act pertaining to the development of California’s early childhood population. In order to promote, support, and improve the development process of children within the first five years of life, the Commission has been given the task of establishing, instituting, and coordinating the appropriate standards, resources, and programs to accomplish this mission. First 5 California has contracted with the ISR to conduct its annual evaluation of programs and a fiscal report for presentation to the Governor and the State Legislature. (2011-2012 Annual Report) (Website)
- Civic Engagement and Municipal Fiscal Health Survey - CCS
- The ISR has recently expanded its partnership with Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies (CCS) to conduct a statewide survey on the effects of public civic engagement on municipal fiscal health. Computer assisted telephone interviews will be conducted with approximately 10,000 respondents in 30 municipalities. Data collection is currently underway, and survey results will be presented at the upcoming Fiscal Health Symposium sponsored by CCS and held on campus at California State University, Sacramento in early June.