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Research & Grow

The Center is committed to assisting California’s public officials and policymakers in addressing the state’s challenges through policy research and productive dialogue.

Additionally, the Center is involved with a number of one-time programs and projects that advance research and productive dialogue. The Center co-sponsors various conferences and symposia, political debates, and other public events.

Faculty Research Fellows Program

The Faculty Research Fellows Program (FRFP) links the policy research resources of the California State University with the policy research needs of the legislative and executive branches of state government.

Since its inception in 1994-95, FRFP has distributed more than $700,000, funding 60 separate research projects completed by more than 70 individual CSU faculty from 13 different CSU campuses.

Complete list of FRFP Reports

California Elections Data Archive

The California Elections Data Archive (CEDA) is the only statewide database that collects, tabulates and reports candidate and ballot measure results for all local elections.

CEDA reports include all candidates, their ballot designations and vote totals as well as all ballot measures, their ballot summary information and vote totals. Ballot measures are also classified by type and topic.

CEDA is a partnership between the Center, the Institute of Social Research (ISR) at Sacramento State, and the California Secretary of State.

These reports are available through the Secretary of State’s office.

Visiting Scholar Program

As part of its work in promoting California policy research and productive dialogue, each year the Center selects a Visiting Scholar who is involved in scholarship on a relevant California topic.

The Visiting Scholar is involved in the intellectual life at Sacramento State, and produces a research paper on a specified policy question. The Visiting Scholar presents his or her research to faculty and students on campus, and later at a half-day public symposium for the Capital community.

Costs of the symposium are funded from a generous endowment by Don and Beverly Gerth.

Scholars’ Research

Oral History Program

The California State Government Oral History Program’s (CSGOHP) objective is to provide “through the use of oral history a continuing documentation of state policy development as reflected in California’s legislative and executive history.”

The Center works with the State Archivist to select individuals (usually retired California legislators or executive branch officials) to be interviewed. To date, over 200 oral histories have been completed.

Explore oral histories