Friday, March 1, 2024

Public Policy Institute of California

Thirty years ago, California faced many challenges: financial and economic uncertainty, contentious immigration debates, conflicted police-community relations, and deep concerns about public education.

These issues affect every Californian, and the need for new tools to address them is urgent. Three visionary leaders acknowledged that the government does not have the resources to do the research and analysis needed to help policymakers make informed, evidence-based decisions. They founded—and funded—the Public Policy Institute of California to serve this purpose. Thirty years ago, the need for non-partisan, fact-based information had never been greater.

California has changed a lot since the mid-90s—demographically, economically, and politically. PPIC has also improved over time. As the consequences of climate change become increasingly clear—increased variability, disruption, and inevitable long-term variability—we created the PPIC Water Policy Center, now a highly trusted resource of information on one of the important resources of the state.

After our research showed that California could not meet the growing need for a highly skilled, highly educated workforce, we founded the PPIC Higher Education Center, whose research has prompted critical reforms and important goal-setting. across California’s higher education systems.

PPIC is also at the forefront of providing better, more accurate data on major policy issues. For example, our researchers helped develop the California Poverty Measure, which includes critical factors such as housing costs and safety net benefits. Updated annually, this tool provides an important basis for policymakers and other stakeholders in the well-being of our residents across the state.

In addition, the PPIC Statewide Survey—inaugurated in 1998—is an important, reliable source of information on a variety of important topics throughout the year, not only tracking elections and approval ratings but also offering the perspectives. of Californians on everything from the environment to public safety education.

What’s next for PPIC? As soon as possible—on February 1—we will launch the PPIC Economic Policy Center to help California develop meaningful, sustainable, forward-looking economic policies in the face of broad technological, demographic, and climate change.

Another central project is the development of civic education. As this year’s chaotic electoral events have reminded us, an informed voting population is essential to effective governance. We will partner with California schools to raise awareness and encourage engagement with our next generation of voters and leaders.

And when it comes to this year’s elections, we’ll take the lead in providing views and opinions from all Californians on a variety of pressing issues—from the candidates’ views to the preferences of the policies that voters will make at the ballot box in November.

In our Speaker Series on California’s Future—our major public event series, which is free to attend in person or online—we’ll talk with California leaders about the issues the state’s residents care about most.

We cannot say this enough: we are not doing this work alone. PPIC relies on an extensive network of advisors and other engaged Californians to ensure our relevance, expand our reach, and deepen our impact. We are grateful for their support and look forward to productive partnerships in the years to come.

PPIC’s first 30 years have been exciting, rewarding, and challenging. Over the next twelve months, our experts will explore California’s progress over the past three decades in several dimensions. We invite you to join us by updating our activities and offering your support.

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