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Legitimate civic engagement goes far beyond public relations and information campaigns. However, effective decisions certainly require knowledge on the part of both governments and residents. The Davenport Institute seeks to equip local representatives, staff and residents to work together to develop innovative solutions to local questions. Research and publications are an important part of this process. On these pages you will find studies undertaken by the Davenport Institute as well as resources from other organizations involved in questions of civic engagement.

In addition you will find California-policy specific research conducted by Davenport Institute Fellows and School of Public Policy Faculty. These studies are designed to help residents of California make informed decisions on the local issues that affect their everyday lives.

Please explore the material published here and feel free to contact us with questions.

Case Stories 

City of Hayward: Tennyson Corridor Planning

City of Riverside: Our Riverside, Our Neighborhood

San Francisco Metropolitan Transport Association

Western Riverside Council of Governments: Climate Action Plan

City of Vallejo: Participatory Budgeting After Bankruptcy

Attitudes toward Public Engagement (May 2013)

Testing the Waters: California's Local Officials Experiment with New Ways to Engage the Public

Beyond Business as Usual: Leaders of California's Civic Organizations Seek New Ways to Engage the Public in Local Governance

Engagement at the State Level 
"What's Next California?" Deliberative Poll Results


Civic Health (all in collaboration with the National Conference on Citizenship)

Infographic: Civic Life in California

Fact Sheet: Civic Health in California

Golden Governance: Building Effective Public Engagement in California (also in partnership with the Center for Individual and Institutional Renewal and California Forward.)

California Civic Health Index 2010 in collaboration with California Forward and the Center for Civic Education

Other Policy Research

An Analysis in Split Roll Property Tax Issues and Impacts
Steven Frates and Michael Shires