Current Projects

Completed Projects


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.


  • SHRA│ Resident Needs Assessment Survey: Marina Vista and Alder Grove Public Housing Communities
    • The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) recently contracted with the Institute for Social Research to conduct a Resident Needs assessment survey of households in the Marina Vista and Alder Grove (MV/AG) public housing communities. Additional survey recipients will include residents in the adjacent Upper Land Park neighborhood. Supported by a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) planning grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the survey will provide information to assist in transforming the Marina Vista and Alder Grove neighborhoods into a more economically diverse community by linking improved housing with better access to schools, services, public assets, transportation, and jobs. In addition to information regarding current housing conditions, economic and educational opportunities, and available services, the survey will collect data regarding demographic characteristics of residents living in the Marina Vista and Alder Grove public housing as well as residents in Upper Land Park.
  • DHCS│ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - (SAMHSA)
    • The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has contracted with the Institute for Social Research (ISR) to evaluate the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Suicide Prevention Program developed by the Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP). The evaluation of the GLS Suicide Prevention Initiative is mandated by the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (GLSMA) and is essential to helping communities improve suicide prevention effectiveness and to helping decision makers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) efficiently direct Federal resources to programs and work. The OSP’s GLS Program includes the LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention Education and Outreach Program that will implement a school-based suicide prevention strategy that seeks to educate school personnel and students about youth suicide prevention, especially among LGBTQ students; enhance school policies and procedures to promote school safety for all students; build a community support base for LGBTQ youth; provide Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) training for providers. ISR will oversee data collection, performance measurement, and SAMSA TRAC data entry requirements. Data from program participants for the project will be obtained from Project Partners; The Trevor Project, LivingWorks and Suicide Prevention Resource Center Training Institute, and other training provider organizations and ISR will compile and enter this data into the SAMHSA TRAC System, for the local evaluation and cross-site evaluation.
  • DOR│ State Independent Living Centers - (SILC)
    • The Institute for Social Research (ISR) has contracted with the CA Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)/State Independent Living Centers (SILC) to perform ongoing needs assessment analyses for the 28 Statewide Independent Living Centers. We will be investigating where possible gaps are in relation to the types of services being provided for individuals with disabilities and identifying key areas in need of improvement as a means of strengthening California’s independent living network.
  • CDSS │ Community Care Licensing (CCL) Key Indicators Study (2011-14)
    • 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.
  • CDSS │ 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.
  • CDSS │ 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.
  • DPR │ Child Care Pest Management Survey (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.
  • CA State University, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program Evaluation
    • 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, 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. (2012-2013 Annual Report) (Website)