California Civic Engagement Project

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Research

Innovative research that challenges the way we understand participation and access in our civic communities

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Outreach

Engaging a wide variety of stakeholders in order to democratize access to university data and research

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Research to inform and empower a wide range of policy and organizing efforts, increasing equity and well-being throughout the state and beyond..

California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP)

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California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP)

The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) is a non-partisan 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.

 

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.

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.

A key focus of CCEP data analysis is identifying disparities and opportunities in civic participation across place and population in the state. CCEP research also helps explore non-traditional measures of civic engagement, particularly among groups historically underrepresented in our civic and political institutions.

The CCEP invites inquiries and feedback on these data from all interested audiences. Click here to share your thoughts.


New Research Policy Brief Release!

To better understand the experiences that California voters have with the different available methods for casting a ballot, the CCEP recently conducted a multi-method research study (statewide survey and focus groups) entitled The California Voter Experience Study.  We gathered information from a diverse range of voters to understand how different populations in our state are experiencing VBM and polling places, and how they perceive the proposed changes in California’s voting system currently being considered by decision-makers in our state.

In this second in a series of research briefs examining the California voter experience, we examine the following questions regarding the state’s African-American voters:4

1.  Why do African-American voters choose VBM versus voting in person?

2.  How do African-American voters react to the possible implementation of a Vote Center Model in California?

We conclude this research brief by providing recommendations on the possible implementation of Vote Centers in California to help ensure equitable access for all voter groups to the state’s electoral process. Currently, several U.S. states are considering adopting a Vote Center elections model.  Our research will help inform those deliberations, as well as future efforts aimed at bringing Vote Centers to additional states.

Click here to read the press release!

Click here to read the brief!

 

Recent Research Release

The California Voter Experience: Vote-by-Mail vs. the Polls

To better understand California voters experiences with the different available methods of casting a ballot, the UC Davis California Civic Engagement Project recently conducted a multi- method research study entitled The California Voter Experience Study. In this first in a series of research briefs examining the California voter experience, we answer the following questions:

1.  Who uses Vote-by-Mail in California?

2.  Why do California voters choose Vote-by-Mail instead of voting in person?

3.  How do different groups of voters react to the possible use of a Vote Center Model in California?

4.  What can we learn from Colorado’s experience with the Vote Center Model?

Click here to read the brief.

 

CCEP Data Hub

Please visit the links below to search for CCEP Data.

California Voter Registration Data Files: 2002-2012 - New!

California Youth Civic Engagement Data Files: 2010 (county and census tract levels) and 2012, 2014 General Elections (county level) - New!

California Voter Registration Data and GIS Maps

California Voter Turnout Data and GIS Maps

California Demographic Data and GIS Maps

Current Population Survey (November supplement)

California Healthy Kids Survey (civic engagement measures only)

 

Other data resources

New California Legislative District Maps and Demographics

California Legislative Voting Records

Characteristics of California Electoral Races (Coming soon)

 

Click here to see an enlarged version of the pictured map.

Project Inquiries:
Mindy Romero, Ph.D., Director
msromero@ucdavis.edu

(530) 665-3010

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