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CSUS eyes downtown location for new School of Public Affairs


"Sacramento State wants to establish a School of Public Affairs downtown near the Capitol to house research centers and a master’s degree program already popular among government professionals."


Sac State study: Californians aren’t savvy about local politics, issues


"Sacramento State researchers have found that Californians are poorly informed about local politics and have unrealistic expectations when it comes to government spending in their communities." View the full report here!


Child Care Center Survey: Pest Management and Pesticide Use


ISR is studying pest management practices among child care centers in California, on behalf of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). All child care centers throughout the state have been asked to participate by taking a pest management and pesticide use survey. This study will report current pest problems and methods used to control them, so that DPR can develop ways to help the state’s child care centers safely and effectively manage pests.


Click here if you have been asked to participate in this important survey.

New ISR Director Announced


We are excited to welcome Dr. David Barker as the new Director of the ISR beginning December 10, 2012. Dr. Barker is currently a professor at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Political Science as well as the Principal Investigator of the University of Pittsburgh chapter of the Cooperative Congressional Election Study. Dr. Barker will be sharing his projections of the presidential race and future policy expectations at the PIE "Obama vs. Romney 2012: Who Will Win?" event on Wednesday October 24, 3:00 PM at the Sacramento State Union, Orchard Suite. For event profile click here. For more information regarding Dr. Barker's research interests, publications, and experience, please click here.


Project for an Informed Electorate


Recently, Professor Kim Nalder's Project for an Informed Electorate (PIE) was featured by Sacramento State's News and Information website. In the article, available here, Professor Nalder explains her motivations for starting PIE and emphasizes the importance of distributing accurate political and policy information to the electorate. The ISR works with Professor Nalder by supporting and hosting the PIE Media Lab where she collects data on political news coverage and advertising. For more information on Professor Nalder's research, PIE events, and the Media Lab, click here.


2011 CEDA Data and Reports are Available


Since 1995, the ISR has been working with the Center for California Studies and the Office of the California Secretary of State to compile the California Election Data Archive (CEDA). CEDA is meant to provide researchers, citizens, public agencies and other interested parties with a single repository of local election data. We have released the data and reports for the 2011 election year. To view all 15 years of CEDA data and reports, please click here.


For questions, please contact Research Specialist Valory Logsdon.


Congratulations to our GRA Graduates!


The ISR proudly congratulates Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) Jeanine Cunningham, Dana Grossi, and Kelly Nelson on the successful completion of their graduate programs and Master's theses. Way to go!


ISR Wins Gold Award and Crystal Merit Award


The ISR and its subcontractor, Academic Technology and Creative Services Unit, partnered with First 5 California to produce the First 5 California Fiscal Year 2010-11 Annual Report. This report recently picked up two awards: a Gold Award from the California State Information Officers Council (SiOC) and a Crystal Merit Award from the Association of Business Communicators Sacramento (IABC). To view the award-winning report, click here.


2010 School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Survey Available


The ISR conducted a pest management survey of all California public school districts in 2010 for the School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program in the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). The survey measured compliance with requirements of the Healthy Schools Act (HSA) while examining changes over time relative to four previous surveys. To view the report, click here.