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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.

June 2014

Infographic: Civic Life in California 

Fact Sheet: Civic Health in California

Both of the documents above were produced in collaboration with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC).

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

March 2012
An Analysis in Split Roll Property Tax Issues and Impacts
Steven Frates and Michael Shires

December 2011
"How Civic Engagement Transforms Community Relationship": an "InFocus Strategies" white paper for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). 
Davenport Institute Sr. Fellow Ed Everett

October 2011
Golden Governance: Building Effective Public Engagement in California in collaboration with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), the Center for Individual and Institutional Renewal and California Forward

August 2011
"What's Next California?" Deliberative Poll Results

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