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About PPIC

How does PPIC select its policy research topics?

Our topics address major areas of California’s budget and evaluate key long-term challenges. Ideas are generated from a variety of sources, including policymakers and other leaders, funders, and internal and external experts. An exacting internal and external review process vets each research proposal for quality, timeliness, and relevance.

How does PPIC ensure the quality of its policy research?

Our policy research relies on rigorous, state-of-the-art methods. All projects undergo an extensive, demanding internal and external review process that includes both academic and policymaking experts.

Does PPIC make specific policy recommendations?

We do not develop or recommend specific legislative proposals. However, we do evaluate policy goals and ways to meet them, offer comparative assessments of particular policy goals, and recommend policy strategies and mechanisms.

Who is PPIC’s audience?

We consider our central audience to be California’s elected officials in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.—as well as the numerous local governments, school boards, and other agencies throughout the state. Decisionmakers in the nonprofit and private sectors are also key recipients of our work, as are the media and the general public.

Is PPIC liberal or conservative? Does it have an ideological position?

PPIC is nonpartisan, objective, and independent. We take seriously our commitment to provide accurate, unbiased, and advocacy-free information.

We do not propose legislation or take positions on legislation, candidates, or ballot measures. Instead, we aim to inform and improve public policy through high-quality research and analysis.

How is PPIC funded?

PPIC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank and 501(c)3 public charity. Our research and other activities are supported in part by an endowment from William R. Hewlett and also by gifts, grants, and sponsorships from corporations, foundations, individuals, government entities, and other nonpartisan organizations.

Where is PPIC located?

Our headquarters are in San Francisco’s financial district:

Public Policy Institute of California
500 Washington Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94111
map and directions


The PPIC Sacramento Center is just across the street from the state capitol:

PPIC Sacramento Center
Senator Office Building
1121 L Street, Suite 801
Sacramento, CA 95814
map and directions

What is the role of the Statewide Leadership Council?

The Statewide Leadership Council provides PPIC’s president and his management team with insight, advice, and informed opinions regarding the state’s policy environment and PPIC’s own initiatives, programs, and activities.

What kind of leaders join the Statewide Leadership Council?

As an independent, nonpartisan institute, PPIC casts a broad net when inviting prominent citizens to join the Statewide Leadership Council. Members reflect the state’s demographic, political, racial/ethnic, and regional diversity; they have leadership roles in the public and private sectors, in nonprofits and foundations, and in universities and research organizations; they are state leaders who understand the critical role of research and information in public policymaking; and they share PPIC’s goal of contributing to an informed public policy process that will improve the policy decisions shaping both California’s economic well-being and its quality of life in the 21st century.

What is the Bechtel Conference Center at PPIC?

The Bechtel Conference Center at PPIC is designed to serve as both a meeting place and a learning center for nonprofit organizations, highlighting the value that PPIC places on civic engagement, consensus-building, and respect for different perspectives. The conference center was made possible by a gift from the Stephen Bechtel Fund.

Where is the Bechtel Conference Center at PPIC?

The Bechtel Conference Center is located on the ground level at PPIC’s San Francisco headquarters at 500 Washington Street.

map and directions

How do I rent the Bechtel Conference Center at PPIC?

The space is available for rental by 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. Please contact Stephanie Budde, Facilities Manager, 415-291-4447, budde@ppic.org.

Board of Directors

Who is on PPIC’s Board of Directors?

Board members are established leaders in a range of fields who share a commitment to improving public policy. The board actively seeks a balanced membership that represents California’s diversity in terms of geography, political affiliation, gender, age, race, ethnicity, and profession. Public policy experience—at the local, state, or federal level —is also a key criterion. Members are elected to three-year terms and are eligible to serve up to three terms. They are not compensated.

The PPIC board does not include elected officeholders.

What are the primary responsibilities of the board?

According to our bylaws, “it is the function of the board to make possible the conduct of objective research, analysis and publication and other dissemination under the most favorable conditions, and to safeguard the independence of the research staff in the pursuit of their studies and in the presentation of the results of such studies. It is not part of their function to determine, control or influence the conduct of the particular investigations or the conclusions reached.”

The board is also responsible for selecting and evaluating the president and CEO; for electing corporate officers; for monitoring and approving executive compensation; for ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations governing public charities; for maintaining a secure financial footing for the organization by managing the endowment, monitoring operating funds, and approving the annual budget; and for overseeing the annual audit function and internal controls.

What is the size of the board?

Currently there are fourteen members on the board, including PPIC’s president and CEO.

What is the criteria for board membership?

Board members are established leaders in a range of fields who have a commitment to improving public policy. The board actively seeks a balanced membership that represents the diversity of the state in terms of a number of qualities—including but not limited to geography, political affiliation, gender, age, race, ethnicity, and profession. Public policy experience—whether at the local, state, or federal level—is also key. Political officeholders and candidates are excluded from service.

Are board members compensated?

Board members are not compensated for their service but are reimbursed for travel costs associated with attending meetings.

What is the board committee structure?

There are four board committees: Audit, Executive, Investment, and Nominations and Governance.

How often does the board meet?

The board meets quarterly for one-day meetings

What is the role of the board in determining PPIC’s research and communications activities?

In its role of protecting PPIC’s independence, the board is not involved in choosing research areas, approving projects, or determining the content of reports or press releases. Instead, the board offers feedback and suggestions to management on PPIC’s strategic direction and on evaluation studies of our research and communications activities. It also offers help in outreach to policy audiences. In addition, the board is invited to comment on new proposals and receives briefings by management on PPIC’s quarterly activities and annual strategic planning.

Does the board have term limits?

Board members are eligible to serve up to three three-year terms.

Who are the corporate officers to the board?

President and CEO, Mark Baldassare
Chief Financial Officer, Barney W. Lew
Corporate Secretary, Emily Loeschinger

Support PPIC

How can I make a donation?

Gifts can be made online. To make a gift by check, please mail to Public Policy Institute of California, Attn: Lisa Cole, director of development, 500 Washington Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94111.

How do PPIC’s naming opportunities work?

Donors of $500,000 or more have the option to name a PPIC program. Named research projects and programs vary in terms of duration, staff, and the policy interests of the donor. Endowed chairs provide the resources necessary to attract and retain top talent and to ensure that these individuals are empowered to tackle critical issues facing the state. For more information please contact Lisa Cole, director of development, at cole@ppic.org or (415) 291-4495.

Are there benefits associated with my gift?

Yes. We recognize our donors on our website and in our financial report, offer special invitations to briefings and events, and hold exclusive donor luncheons and dinners. Please visit the Support PPIC: Giving page for a comprehensive list of giving benefits.

What is PPIC’s Tax ID number?

The tax ID number for gifts to PPIC is 94-3207299.

Are donations to PPIC tax exempt?

Yes, PPIC is a 501(c)3 public charity organization and all gifts are 100 percent tax deductible.

How is PPIC funded?

PPIC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank and 501(c)3 public charity. Our research and other activities are supported in part by an endowment from William R. Hewlett and also by gifts, grants, and sponsorships from corporations, foundations, individuals, government entities, and other nonpartisan organizations.

Who is on PPIC’s Board of Directors?

Board members are established leaders in a range of fields who share a commitment to improving public policy. The board actively seeks a balanced membership that represents California’s diversity in terms of geography, political affiliation, gender, age, race, ethnicity, and profession. Public policy experience—at the local, state, or federal level —is also a key criterion. Members are elected to three-year terms and are eligible to serve up to three terms. They are not compensated.

The PPIC board does not include elected officeholders.

I am a PPIC donor and my contact information has changed. How can I give you my new contact information?

We want to keep you up to date with our latest research and policy news. When your contact information changes, please notify Lisa Cole, director of development, at cole@ppic.org or 415-291-4495.

Who can I talk to about my gift?

For more information about gifts or sponsorships, please contact Lisa Cole, director of development, at cole@ppic.org or 415-291-4495.

Career/Employment Opportunities

How do I get a job at PPIC?

Please see PPIC’s employment opportunities page for current openings and position-specific application details.

What are the qualifications for policy research employment at PPIC?

PPIC job descriptions include specific qualifications. Please refer to our employment opportunities page for details.

What are the types of research positions at PPIC?

The research positions at PPIC include Research Associate, Research Fellow, and Senior Fellow.

Research associates have training and experience at the Bachelor or Master degree level and provide support to other researchers. The research associate career path can lead to co‐authorship on projects and, in some cases, will include independent research studies.

Research fellows are graduates of Ph.D. programs who have a background and interest in policy research. Independent research projects as well as collaborative efforts – both within PPIC and with researchers at other institutions – are valued.

Senior fellows hold Ph.D. degrees and are either senior university professors or individuals with extensive experience in a research institute or government agency.

How does the summer intern program work?

The Richard J. Riordan Summer Intern Program at PPIC provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students interested in a public policy career to work in a policy research environment. These internships are particularly appropriate for students in programs in economics, public administration, public policy, sociology, political science, urban planning, demography, and related disciplines. Generally, strong statistical and computer skills are required.

In selecting interns, we look for a demonstrated interest in public policy research, with coursework or work experience relevant to one of the posted internship projects. Excellence; fit with our mission and goals; and diversity of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints are important elements of the selection process.

Internship project descriptions were posted in late December, with an application deadline of February 6th. The selection process concludes by late March. Internships are based in PPIC’s San Francisco and Sacramento offices and will last up to three months, ideally beginning June 5th. Compensation is $17.50 per hour.

The application period for the 2017 Summer Internship Program is now closed.

Does PPIC offer independent study opportunities?

Graduate students with an interest in exploring an independent study in one of PPIC’s policy areas should contact the human resources manager, Anneke Gaul, at gaul@ppic.org.

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible for employment opportunities at PPIC?

PPIC employment opportunities are open to anyone eligible to work in the U.S. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please submit your application and we will explore the details of your particular situation if we find there is a good match between your background and PPIC’s needs.

What benefits does PPIC offer its employees?

PPIC currently offers the following benefits to full-time employees:

  • Medical & vision, dental, disability, business travel & life insurance
  • 403(b) retirement plan, including a 9% contribution by PPIC which vests after 1 year
  • 9 paid holidays plus 23-30 days of paid leave per year
  • Collegial, intellectually stimulating environment
  • Access to and participation in our research seminars on public policy issues
  • Medical and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee assistance program
  • Computer loan program
  • Sponsored gym membership

The Institute reserves the right to modify, amend, or discontinue any of its benefit plans.

Stay Connected

What is RSS?

Short for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary, this handy service is revolutionizing the way we search for content.

How Do RSS Feeds Benefit Me?

You don’t necessarily have to keep checking back to our site to see if it’s been updated – all you need to do is subscribe to the RSS feed, much like you would subscribe to a newspaper, and then read the updates from the site, delivered via RSS feeds, in what’s called a “feed/news reader.”

How do RSS feeds work?

RSS feeds really couldn’t be simpler.

They’re basically simple text files that, once submitted to feed/news directories, will allow subscribers to see content within a very short time after it’s updated (sometimes as short as 30 minutes or less; it’s getting faster all the time).

This content can be aggregated to be viewed even more easily by using a feed reader. A feed reader, or feed aggregator, is just a really simple way to view all your feeds at one time via one interface.

What Are The RSS Terms of Use?

PPIC offers RSS as a free service to any individual user or non-profit organization, subject to the following terms and conditions:

  • Use will be for non-commercial purposes.
  • Use is limited to platforms in which a functional link is made available allowing immediate display of the full article or video on the ppic.org platform, as specified in the feed.
  • Use is accompanied by proper attribution to PPIC as the source.

By accessing our RSS service you are indicating your understanding and agreement that you will not use PPIC RSS in contravention of the above conditions. PPIC reserves the right to discontinue this service at any time and further reserves the right to request the immediate cessation of any specific use of its RSS service.

Do I need to have a Facebook account to comment?

Yes. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can get one on facebook. It is quick and free.

Will the comments be moderated?

Yes. We will block comments that contain profanity, vulgarity, racial slurs, personal attacks, or harassment. We will also remove comments that are off topic.

How do I report an inappropriate comment?

Roll your computer cursor over the comment you wish to report and click on the “X” in the upper right corner of the comment box. Choose one of the options to report a comment.

Directions to PPIC

Driving from the East Bay/Airport (OAK)

Via 880 North/580 West

  • Take the Bay Bridge into San Francisco.  Be in the right lane upon entering the City.
  • EXIT at Fremont Street (the first exit) and continue north on Fremont Street.
  • Cross Market Street.  Fremont Street will become Front Street on the other side of Market.  Follow Front Street for 2 blocks.
  • LEFT on Sacramento Street.  Continue for 2 blocks.
  • RIGHT on Sansome Street.  Continue for 2 blocks to Washington Street.

Driving from the North Bay

Via 101 South

  • Follow 101 south to Van Ness Avenue.
  • LEFT on Broadway Street (after Vallejo Street).  Continue through the Broadway Tunnel.
  • RIGHT on Columbus Street (after Grant Avenue).
  • Continue on Columbus Street for five blocks until it becomes Montgomery Street.
  • LEFT on Clay Street.  Continue for one block.
  • LEFT on Sansome Street.  Continue for one block to Washington Street.
  • PPIC is on the north left corner of Washington and Sansome.

Driving from the South Bay/Airport (SFO)

Via 101 North or 280 North

  • Take Highway 101 north toward the 101N/280N interchange.
  • EXIT at 280N exit toward the Port of San Francisco.
  • EXIT at King/Fourth Street (the last San Francisco exit).
  • Go straight after the off ramp.
  • King Street will curve to the left and become Embarcadero.
  • Follow Embarcadero along the Bay and under the bridge.
  • LEFT on Washington Street, just past the Ferry Building.
  • Continue on Washington for about 3 blocks.
  • PPIC will be on the RIGHT just past Sansome Street.

Public Transportation: BART/MUNI Subway

  • Take BART to San Francisco’s Montgomery Station.
  • Via MUNI Subway, all trains going downtown will stop at the Montgomery Station.
  • EXIT at Montgomery Station, walk up the stairs on the far right side.  Use the Sansome/Sutter street exit to street level.
  • Go straight onto Sansome Street and continue for about 6 blocks to Washington Street.
  • Left on Washington.

Public Transportation: Caltrain

Take any train towards San Francisco and depart at the Fourth and King Street Station.

For Arrival During Morning Commute Hours: Take the MUNI 80X bus to the end of its route on Battery & Clay.  Walk west two blocks to Sansome then north one block to Washington.

For Later Arrival: Take the MUNI “N Judah” train.  Depart at the Embarcadero Station.  Walk north three blocks to Washington and west about four blocks.

Ground Transportation: from the airport

San Francisco International:

Super Shuttle (415-558-8500)
• $15 from the San Francisco Airport to downtown San Francisco.
• Proceed to the upper level and outside to the outer curb. Follow the blue SuperShuttle signs to a uniformed Airport Guest Coordinator in teal green jackets. They will arrange SuperShuttle transportation to your destination.
• Super Shuttle comes every 20 minutes or so, except between 1:00 am and 5:00 am when waits can be 30 to 45 mintues.

Taxi
• From San Francisco airport to downtown San Francisco is about $35-40 (not including tip).

Golden Gate Limousine (415-431-7000)
• $80 + 15% gratuity (for Lincoln Towne Car) from San Francisco Airport to downtown
  San Francisco.
• Meet chauffeur at baggage claim after calling.

 

Oakland International:

Bayporter Express (877-467-1800 or 415-467-1800)
• $26 from the Oakland Airport to downtown San Francisco.
• Make reservation for Oakland pick-up in advance.

Directions to PPIC Sacramento Center

Driving from San Francisco

Via 80 East

  • Take Interstate 80 east towards Oakland/Fairfield
  • 80 turns into Highway 50/Business Route 80
  • Exit Jefferson Blvd. towards downtown Sacramento
  • Cross the bridge and continue on Capitol Mall
  • At 9th Street, continue through the roundabout and turn left on 10th Street
  • There is a parking garage at 10th and L Streets, a block away from the Sacramento Center
  • To drive to the front of the building, continue on 10th Street and take a right on J Street
  • Turn right on 12th Street and right on L Street
  • PPIC is located in The Senator Office Building, on your right, at 1121 L Street
  • Additional parking may be found at 12th and J Streets
Map to PPIC Sacramento Center

Driving from Stockton/Modesto

Via Highway 99

  • Take Highway 99 north towards Sacramento
  • Take the Redding/San Francisco/South Lake Tahoe exit onto US Highway 50 towards San Francisco/Redding
  • Continue on Interstate 80 Business Route west
  • Take the 16th Street exit and bear right onto 16th Street
  • Turn left on L Street
  • PPIC is located in The Senator Office Building, on your right, at 1121 L Street
  • A parking garage is located just past PPIC at the corner of 10th and L Streets
  • Additional parking may be found at 12th and J Streets
Map to PPIC Sacramento Center

Driving from Redding

Via Interstate 5

  • Take Interstate 5 south towards Sacramento
  • Take the Downtown/J Street exit
  • Turn right on 12th Street
  • Turn right on L Street
  • PPIC is located in The Senator Office Building, on your right, at 1121 L Street
  • A parking garage is located just past PPIC at the corner of 10th and L Streets
  • Additional parking may be found at 12th and J Streets
Map to PPIC Sacramento Center

Driving from Auburn

Via Interstate 80

  • Take Interstate 80 west
  • Take exit #95/Sacramento (CA-99 S)/Capital City Freeway toward Sacramento/Auburn Blvd
  • Continue on Interstate 80 Business Route
  • Take the Downtown Sacramento Exit on CA-160 S
  • Continue on 12th Street
  • Turn right on L Street
  • PPIC is located in The Senator Office Building, on your right, at 1121 L Street
  • A parking garage is located just past PPIC at the corner of 10th and L Streets
  • Additional parking may be found at 12th and J Streets
Map to PPIC Sacramento Center

News & Events

Media Inquiries: Who do I contact regarding higher education policy?

Please contact a member of our media staff for questions concerning higher education policy:

Linda Strean

415-291-4412

Media Inquiries: Who do I contact regarding the statewide survey?

Please contact a member of our media staff for questions concerning the survey:

Linda Strean

415-291-4412

Media Inquiries: Who do I contact regarding water policy?

Please contact a member of our media staff for questions concerning water policy:

Lori Pottinger

415-291-4428

How do I get on PPIC’s press list?

To be added to PPIC’s media list, please go to our mailing list page to sign up online for PPIC press releases or contact a member of our media staff:

Linda Strean
415-291-4412
strean@ppic.org

How do your press embargoes work?

Embargoed publications cannot be published, broadcast, posted, or distributed in any way prior to the embargo time and date. For example, “Do not publish or broadcast until 9:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday April 12” means the material can only be used for broadcast, electronic, or print purposes on or after 9:00 p.m. PST on April 12.

All PPIC press releases clearly state if a publication is embargoed. A press release marked “immediate release” may be used upon receipt.

Do you send press releases electronically?

Yes, PPIC distributes its press releases electronically.

How do I receive copies of publications?

Press and media, contact Linda Strean at (415) 291-4412 or strean@ppic.org.

Water policy press and media, contact Lori Pottinger at (415) 291-4428 or pottinger@ppic.org.

State government members, contact Kellie Longo at (916) 440-1137 or longo@ppic.org.

All others, contact Brendan McVeigh at (415) 291-4464 or mcveigh@ppic.org.

How do I contact PPIC’s experts about their work?

Please contact a member of our communications staff, as follows:

Press and media, contact Linda Strean at 415-291-4412 or strean@ppic.org.

Water policy press and media, contact Lori Pottinger at 415-291-4428 or pottinger@ppic.org.

State government members, contact Kellie Longo at 916-440-1137 or longo@ppic.org.

All others, contact Brendan McVeigh at 415-291-4464 or mcveigh@ppic.org.

I need to talk to an expert about a particular topic. What do I do?

Please contact a member of our communications staff, as follows:

Press and media, contact Linda Strean at 415-291-4412 or strean@ppic.org.

Water policy press and media, contact Lori Pottinger at 415-291-4428 or pottinger@ppic.org.

State government members, contact Kellie Longo at 916-440-1137 or longo@ppic.org.

All others, contact Brendan McVeigh at 415-291-4464 or mcveigh@ppic.org.

Are your experts available to speak at conferences and other events?

Yes. Our research staff regularly participates in a variety of events. Contact Kelly Holt at 415-291-4498 or holt@ppic.org if you would like to invite a PPIC expert to your event. Please provide as much detail as possible about the event’s subject, audience, and time, date and location. Please note the role our expert would be playing at the event (e.g. keynote speaker, panelist, etc.).

How do I sign up for PPIC event invitations?

You can sign up for event invitations by region on our mailing list page.

May I join a PPIC event online?

Yes, many of our events are available via live webcast. To receive a reminder the morning of the event, please select “register to watch” on the event page. At the time of the event, the live webcast will stream at the top of this page. Afterward, a video recording will be available on the event page within a couple days of the event.

May I submit a question for the event speaker and/or panelists?

Before the event, questions may be submitted for consideration to Kelly Holt at events@ppic.org. At this time, questions submitted during the event may not be accepted.

Are there videos of PPIC events?

Yes, we record most of our events and make the video available on the PPIC event page within a couple days of the event.

How do I learn about your event series sponsors?

The James Irvine Foundation Briefing Series

The James Irvine Foundation Briefing Series is intended to inform decisionmakers and facilitate constructive discussion about the major social, economic, and political issues facing California. The series is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Speaker Series on California’s Future

The Speaker Series on California’s Future brings together thought leaders from across the political and geographic spectrum with a common goal—to think critically, constructively, and collaboratively about realistic solutions to California’s many challenges and build a better future for the state. The series features local, state, and national leaders discussing the major issues facing California—from education to climate change to the economy to governance. The series is supported by a variety of sponsors.

Sutton Family Speaker Series

The Sutton Family Speaker Series—made possible with a generous gift from Tom and Marilyn Sutton—features leaders and experts who have bold, innovative ideas that can help inspire much-needed change in California’s higher education system.

For gift documentation, how much is the value of food and beverages at PPIC events?

The value of food and beverages varies for each event. For the exact amount, please contact Kelly Holt at events@ppic.org.

What is the PPIC Blog?

The PPIC Blog offers insights, analysis, and commentary by PPIC experts and collaborators. Posts are solely the opinion of the author and not that of PPIC.

Publications

How do I obtain reprint permissions?

Reprint permissions are required for reproduction of PPIC copyrighted material (including permission to photocopy publications for classroom or conference use).

Please submit requests in writing to Jenny Miyasaki at miyasaki@ppic.org, 415-291-4401 (fax), or

PPIC
Attn: Publications-Reprint Permission
500 Washington St, #600
San Francisco, CA 94111

How do I sign up for your mailing lists?

PPIC offers free electronic subscription services. Please go to our mailing list page to sign up online.

How do I receive copies of publications?

Press and media, contact Linda Strean at (415) 291-4412 or strean@ppic.org.

Water policy press and media, contact Lori Pottinger at (415) 291-4428 or pottinger@ppic.org.

State government members, contact Kellie Longo at (916) 440-1137 or longo@ppic.org.

All others, contact Brendan McVeigh at (415) 291-4464 or mcveigh@ppic.org.

PPIC Higher Education Center

What is the PPIC Higher Education Center?

The PPIC Higher Education Center advances practical solutions that enhance educational opportunities for all of California’s students—improving lives and expanding economic growth across the state. It builds on the successful model of strategic research and engagement that defines PPIC’s work.

What does the PPIC Higher Education Center study?

The center focuses on three critical higher education issues facing California in the 21st century:

  • Expanding access
  • Managing finances
  • Improving outcomes

What is the PPIC Higher Education Center’s relationship to PPIC?

The center operates under the leadership of the president and board of directors of PPIC, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank and 501(c)3 public charity.

How is the PPIC Higher Education Center funded?

The center was launched with seed funding from The Sutton Family Fund and a significant commitment from PPIC. The center has additional project funders and is actively broadening its funding base.

What is the PPIC Higher Education Center’s relationship to its funders?

The center, like PPIC, works collaboratively with its funders to develop overarching strategic directions and approaches. But PPIC is solely responsible for the center’s research products, communications materials, and the content and timing of activities.

Does the PPIC Higher Education Center provide grants to researchers?

The PPIC Higher Education Center does not offer grants to outside researchers at this time.

How does the PPIC Higher Education Center ensure the quality of its research?

All projects undergo extensive internal and external review for quality and relevance. The review process includes both academic and policymaking experts.

Does the PPIC Higher Education Center make specific policy recommendations?

The center does not develop or recommend specific legislative proposals. However, our research evaluates policy goals and ways to meet them, offers comparative assessments of particular goals, and provides explicit recommendations of policy strategies or mechanisms.

What is the PPIC Higher Education Center Advisory Council?

The advisory council is made up of leaders in higher education issues from around the state. It provides PPIC Higher Education Center leaders with insight and advice about the center’s strategic direction, and research and engagement efforts.

How do I contact PPIC’s experts about their work?

Please contact a member of our communications staff, as follows:

Press and media, contact Linda Strean at 415-291-4412 or strean@ppic.org.

Water policy press and media, contact Lori Pottinger at 415-291-4428 or pottinger@ppic.org.

State government members, contact Kellie Longo at 916-440-1137 or longo@ppic.org.

All others, contact Brendan McVeigh at 415-291-4464 or mcveigh@ppic.org.

I need to talk to an expert about a particular topic. What do I do?

Please contact a member of our communications staff, as follows:

Press and media, contact Linda Strean at 415-291-4412 or strean@ppic.org.

Water policy press and media, contact Lori Pottinger at 415-291-4428 or pottinger@ppic.org.

State government members, contact Kellie Longo at 916-440-1137 or longo@ppic.org.

All others, contact Brendan McVeigh at 415-291-4464 or mcveigh@ppic.org.

Are your experts available to speak at conferences and other events?

Yes. Our research staff regularly participates in a variety of events. Contact Kelly Holt at 415-291-4498 or holt@ppic.org if you would like to invite a PPIC expert to your event. Please provide as much detail as possible about the event’s subject, audience, and time, date and location. Please note the role our expert would be playing at the event (e.g. keynote speaker, panelist, etc.).

How do I receive copies of publications?

Press and media, contact Linda Strean at (415) 291-4412 or strean@ppic.org.

Water policy press and media, contact Lori Pottinger at (415) 291-4428 or pottinger@ppic.org.

State government members, contact Kellie Longo at (916) 440-1137 or longo@ppic.org.

All others, contact Brendan McVeigh at (415) 291-4464 or mcveigh@ppic.org.

Media Inquiries: Who do I contact regarding higher education policy?

Please contact a member of our media staff for questions concerning higher education policy:

Linda Strean

415-291-4412

PPIC Statewide Survey

Who do I contact for questions regarding the Statewide Survey?

For any questions on the PPIC Statewide Survey, please email survey@ppic.org and a member of our survey team will get back to you promptly.

I would like to cite the PPIC Statewide Survey data in my work. How do I obtain permission to cite and what is the correct citation?

All manuscripts, articles, books, and other papers and publications using PPIC Statewide Survey data should reference Mark Baldassare as Survey Director and the Public Policy Institute of California as the source of the data. Citations should acknowledge that PPIC bears no responsibility for the interpretations presented or conclusions reached based on analysis of the data.

What is the PPIC Statewide Survey methodology?

PPIC Statewide Survey: Methodology

The PPIC Statewide Survey is directed by Mark Baldassare, president and CEO and survey director at the Public Policy Institute of California. Survey reports are co-authored with associate survey director Dean Bonner and research associates Alyssa Dykman and Lunna Lopes.

How do we select the respondents for interviewing?

We go through a specific process to make sure that all PPIC Statewide Surveys represent California’s adult population. Each survey includes interviews with at least 1,700 Californians aged 18 or older. Using random-digit-dialing of both landline and cell phone numbers, households are randomly sampled within the state—meaning that each person in the California population has an equal probability of being selected for an interview. All landline telephone exchanges in California and all cell phone numbers with California area codes are eligible for selection.

Do we include cell phones in our surveys?

Thirty-five percent of interviews are conducted on landline phones and 65 percent on cell phones. Respondents can have landline service only, cell phone service only, or have both landline and cell phone service. We verify that cell phone respondents can answer interview questions in a safe manner—for example, when they are not driving.

How do we define the registered voter and likely voter subsamples?

For many survey questions, results are presented for registered voters or likely voters only. Respondents who report that they are citizens and are absolutely certain they are registered to vote in California are included in the registered voter subsamples. Registered voters are further defined as likely voters if they:

a) report voting always or nearly always, and

b) intend to vote in the upcoming election (during an election cycle), and

c) have followed election news very or fairly closely (during an election cycle), and

d) meet one of the following conditions:

    • report having a great deal or fair amount of interest in politics, have resided at their current residence less than five years, and have at least some college education; or
    • report having at least a little interest in politics, and have resided at their current residence for more than five years.

For more detailed information about sampling, languages, statistical weighting, margin of error, and the interviewing process, see: http://www.ppic.org/content/other/SurveyMethodology.pdf. Additional questions can be emailed to survey@ppic.org.

How do I use the Survey Questions Search Tool?

The Survey Questions Search Tool allows you to perform simple searches by keywords, phrases, and dates. To use:

Step 1: Enter search terms.
All Words
Enter one or more keywords. Use a space to separate keywords, not a comma or semicolon. For example: state ballot
Any Words
Enter one or more keywords. Use a space to separate keywords, not a comma or semicolon. For example: 2006 election

Date Range
Word searches may be performed along with a date search. Or you may specify your search by date range only, leaving the other fields blank. Select Date From and Date To, Last Month, Last Six Months, or Last Year. To specify dates use the month/day/year pull down menus. If no dates are selected, the Date From and Date To fields will automatically default to 1/1/1998 and 12/31/2017, which includes all the Statewide Survey data. Please note that the date(s) refers to the last date of the survey interviews, not the survey’s publication date.

Step 2: Select a time frame.
The Date Sort Order pull-down menu allows you to display results by date. If no selection is made in this menu, the most recent results are displayed first.

Step 3: Search.
Click the Search button. This should bring up a list of questions and results that match your search criteria.

How can I access the raw survey data from the Statewide Surveys?

PPIC provides data from its Statewide Surveys and this data can be found in our Data Depot. You may download data from the PPIC Data Depot for use in research, publications, or presentations. We ask that you acknowledge PPIC as the source of the data. For each data set, there is corresponding documentation that provides citation information, details on data construction and original sources, and important information on use and interpretation. Data from the Statewide Survey is posted in three month increments, with a three to six month lag.

How do I use the raw survey data?

We strongly recommend that only experienced analysts who are familiar with SPSS (or equivalent) data files attempt to download these data sets. Other users should consult the individual survey reports for survey results and related information. PPIC’s survey staff is available to answer questions, but we can provide only limited assistance in using and analyzing the data. These individual survey reports also include methodological detail for each survey.

The data archived here are stored by year of survey and report title. For each survey, there is a single compressed archive file (zip-file) that contains an SPSS dataset and a data dictionary file (in Microsoft Word). Software for decompressing archive files is available at download.com and on many freeware/shareware sites on the web. All data files include a weight variable (sample is weighted by age, sex, and region) that should be used in analysis (variable name is WEIGHT).

All manuscripts, articles, books, and other papers and publications using Institute’s data should reference Mark Baldassare as Survey Director and the Public Policy Institute of California as the source of the data, and should acknowledge that PPIC bears no responsibility for the interpretations presented or conclusions reached based on analysis of the data.

Media Inquiries: Who do I contact regarding the statewide survey?

Please contact a member of our media staff for questions concerning the survey:

Linda Strean

415-291-4412

PPIC Water Policy Center

What is the PPIC Water Policy Center?

The PPIC Water Policy Center builds on the successful model of strategic research and engagement that defines PPIC’s work. It connects nonpartisan, objective research to debates in the real world—with the goal of spurring innovative water management solutions that support a healthy economy, environment, and society.

What does the PPIC Water Policy Center study?

The center focuses on three critical, interrelated water management challenges facing California in the 21st century:

What is the PPIC Water Policy Center’s relationship to PPIC?

The center operates under the leadership of the president and board of directors of PPIC, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank and 501(c)3 public charity.

How is the PPIC Water Policy Center funded?

The center was launched with seed funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and a significant commitment from PPIC. The center is actively broadening its funding base.

What is the PPIC Water Policy Center’s relationship to its funders?

The center, like PPIC, works collaboratively with its funders to develop overarching strategic direction and approach. But PPIC is solely responsible for the PPIC Water Policy Center’s research products, communications materials, and the content and timing of activities.

Does the PPIC Water Policy Center provide grants to researchers?

The PPIC Water Policy Center does not offer grants to outside researchers at this time.

How does the PPIC Water Policy Center ensure the quality of its research?

All projects undergo extensive internal and external review for quality and relevance. The review process includes both academic and policymaking experts.

Does the PPIC Water Policy Center make specific policy recommendations?

The center does not develop or recommend specific legislative proposals. However, our research evaluates policy goals and ways to meet them, offers comparative assessments of particular goals, and provides explicit recommendations of policy strategies or mechanisms.

What is the PPIC Water Policy Center Advisory Council?

The advisory council is made up of leaders in water issues from around the state. It provides PPIC Water Policy Center leaders with insight and advice about the center’s strategic direction, and research and engagement efforts.

What is the PPIC Water Center research network?

The center works with a wide-ranging research network—a dynamic group of top researchers from around the state and beyond who approach California’s water challenges from a range of disciplines, including biology, economics, engineering, geology, and law.

How do I contact PPIC’s experts about their work?

Please contact a member of our communications staff, as follows:

Press and media, contact Linda Strean at 415-291-4412 or strean@ppic.org.

Water policy press and media, contact Lori Pottinger at 415-291-4428 or pottinger@ppic.org.

State government members, contact Kellie Longo at 916-440-1137 or longo@ppic.org.

All others, contact Brendan McVeigh at 415-291-4464 or mcveigh@ppic.org.

I need to talk to an expert about a particular topic. What do I do?

Please contact a member of our communications staff, as follows:

Press and media, contact Linda Strean at 415-291-4412 or strean@ppic.org.

Water policy press and media, contact Lori Pottinger at 415-291-4428 or pottinger@ppic.org.

State government members, contact Kellie Longo at 916-440-1137 or longo@ppic.org.

All others, contact Brendan McVeigh at 415-291-4464 or mcveigh@ppic.org.

Are your experts available to speak at conferences and other events?

Yes. Our research staff regularly participates in a variety of events. Contact Kelly Holt at 415-291-4498 or holt@ppic.org if you would like to invite a PPIC expert to your event. Please provide as much detail as possible about the event’s subject, audience, and time, date and location. Please note the role our expert would be playing at the event (e.g. keynote speaker, panelist, etc.).

How do I receive copies of publications?

Press and media, contact Linda Strean at (415) 291-4412 or strean@ppic.org.

Water policy press and media, contact Lori Pottinger at (415) 291-4428 or pottinger@ppic.org.

State government members, contact Kellie Longo at (916) 440-1137 or longo@ppic.org.

All others, contact Brendan McVeigh at (415) 291-4464 or mcveigh@ppic.org.

Media Inquiries: Who do I contact regarding water policy?

Please contact a member of our media staff for questions concerning water policy:

Lori Pottinger

415-291-4428
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