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The Public Policy and Research Program has stood for years as the Institute’s best-known activity.  The Public Policy and Research Program encompasses public policy forums, candidate and issue debates, the signature annual policy conference, and now our PBI/Cal State L.A. Poll.  Through this program, the Institute reaches policy makers, opinion leaders, community activists, and young people, both in high school, college, and in the work world.  We are highly committed to fostering thorough and accessible public dialogue on social and economic issues such as affordable housing, economic development, immigration, inequality, natural resources, prison realignment, and racial and ethnic diversity.

The Public Policy and Research Program serves as a vehicle to convene, educate, and involve a diverse group of California decision makers from across multiple sectors including government, education, nonprofit, labor, business, and media on timely and significant public policy issues impacting the Golden State.  Public Policy and Research Program serves as an umbrella for the Institute’s Public Policy Forum series, and the annual California Policy Conference.

The Institute’s Public Policy Forum series is a signature element of the Public Policy and Research Program.  The series provides a platform for experts from various fields to come together in order to address and debate pertinent public policy issues before an engaged audience.  Forums are held throughout the year and focus on significant statewide issues that impact Californians’ quality of life.

The California Policy Issues Conference is the cornerstone of the Public Policy and Research Program which engages Californians in spirited discussion, debate, and dialogue on the most relevant public policy issues impacting our state. It provides an opportune setting for experts and audience members alike to explore the relationship between Californians’ quality of life and governance. The conference reaches a live audience of up to 300 people and a wider audience through cable broadcast and other media coverage.  In 2014, the conference focused on water policy.  In 2015, the conference explored the future of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.