About the CCEP

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About the CCEP

The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) is a civic engagement research and outreach initiative for the state of California. Founded and directed by Mindy Romero, it is housed at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change.


What are the CCEP’s goals?

The CCEP was established to engage public dialogue on representative governance in California. CCEP research is intended to inform and empower a wide range of policy and organizing efforts, supporting equity and well-being throughout the state.


Why is the CCEP important?

Civic engagement is critical to addressing disparities in state and regional patterns of well-being and opportunity, including outcomes in education, health and employment. The CCEP plays a lead role in improving the quality and quantity of publicly available civic engagement data by collecting and curating data from a broad range of sources for public access and use. CCEP research also helps explore non-traditional measures of civic engagement, particularly among groups historically underrepresented in our civic and political institutions.


Who uses the CCEP?

Since 2012, the CCEP has become a go-to source for electoral and civic engagement research. Legislators, public agencies, advocates, researchers and community leaders use its pioneering research to track disparities and opportunities in civic participation by place and population.  The CCEP partners with non-partisan civic engagement groups to increase political participation among underrepresented groups and young voters.


What tools and resources does the CCEP offer?

The CCEP utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to carry out spatial analysis, highlighting hotspots of civic engagement by place and population. The CCEP also produces a policy brief series highlighting the role played by underpresented groups, such as California’s Latino, Asian and youth electorate. Future policy briefs will include a broad range of civic engagement issues. The CCEP welcomes inquiries and partnerships on issues regarding civic participation in California and beyond.


Want to learn more about the CCEP?

To access policy briefs, learn about the CCEP’s national and state advisory committee, or review the extensive coverage of the CCEP’s work in California’s media, visit our website at: http://regionalchange.ucdavis.edu/ccep. For questions, contact Director Mindy Romero at 530-665-3010 or msromero@ucdavis.edu.