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Institute for Social Research College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies

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Client Services

The Institute for Social Research works to customize applied studies according to our clients' analytical needs, timelines, and budgets. We use a variety of quantitative and qualitative social science research methods to produce rigorous and actionable results. We are also experts in working with diverse and vulnerable populations, ensuring that any study we implement is culturally and linguistically appropriate to the targeted communities.


Assessments help to understand the conditions and issues facing a community or organization by using existing data and/or collecting new information. We have designed dozens of assessments that have incorporated document review, face-to-face interviews, focus groups, and surveys for clients. Examples include: Workload Studies, Needs Assessment, Fidelity Assessment, and Cost-Benefit Analysis.

Program & Policy Evaluation

Evaluations measure the short and long term impacts of an intervention, whether it is for a local program or a statewide policy. We work with our clients to develop logic models and identify measurable indicators that best reflect the intended changes their intervention seeks to achieve. Our evaluation expertise covers a whole range of evaluative approaches, included developmental, process, outcome, and impact. Our evaluations have included developing measures from administrative data, to designing assessments and instruments to capture specific outcomes.

Survey Research

The Institute has extensive capabilities for designing and implementing survey-based studies. Whether as a key component of a larger research effort, or a stand-alone public opinion poll, we have a range of methodological options for survey implementation. Our CalSpeaks at Sacramento State initiative is an ongoing state-wide survey panel that allows for representative public opinion polling. We have also developed custom survey panels for clients that are highly representative of specific populations and regions of interest. Examples of other types of survey capabilities we have include: Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI), web and smart phone surveys, Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI), and the sampling of weighting of survey results.

Specialized Analyses

Some projects require a specialized approach in order to produce the types of information needed. For example, for those studies requiring the highest level of methodological rigor, we design and implement experimental and quasi-experimental research. We also have the capacity to conduct causal and hierarchical modeling, survival analysis, ethnography, content analysis, and network analysis.

Our Clients

Our contracts and grants are with a variety of agencies and organization. Below is a selection of our current and past clients.

State of California

  • Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Air Resources Board
  • Board of State and Community Corrections
  • Children & Families Community Services
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Department of Health Care Services
  • Department of Insurance
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Department of Pesticide Regulation
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Rehabilitation
  • Department of Social Services
  • Franchise Tax Board
  • Judicial Council of California
  • Mental Health
  • Public Utility Commission
  • Secretary of State
  • State Independent Living Council
  • Victim Compensation Board
  • Water Resources Control Board

Higher Education

  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • San Francisco State University
  • Sonoma County Junior College District
  • University of California Regents
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Riverside
  • Umoja Community Education Foundation
  • CSU Social Science Research & Instructional Council

Federal Government

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

County Government

  • Sacramento County Probation
  • Sacramento County Sheriff
  • Sacramento County Health
  • Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency
  • Colusa County Water District 1

Non-Profits & Foundations

  • Capital Public Radio
  • Center Strategic Economic Research
  • Child Abuse Prevention Center
  • Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH)
  • Gomez Research
  • Radio Bilingue
  • RP Group
  • Sacramento Regional Housing Authority
  • Sacramento Steps Forward
  • Sierra Health Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • Valley Vision