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USC California Policy Institute. A Progress Report Walter A. Zelman Director . Perceived Need. Policymakers and researchers have different perceptions of: need, timing, career advancement, preferred means of communication, etc.

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USC California Policy Institute

A Progress Report

Walter A. Zelman


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Perceived Need

  • Policymakers and researchers have different perceptions of: need, timing, career advancement, preferred means of communication, etc.

  • Barriers emerge that inhibit development of productive relationships between the two communities.

  • Policymaking could benefit from enhanced, effective participation of research and researchers.

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Perceived Need

  • Term limits and other developments have undermined the capacity of policymakers to utilize research-based information

  • Pro-active efforts are needed to improve relationships between research and policymaking communities.

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Improve the Sacramento policymaking process by enhancing communication and institutionalizing relationships and networks between California’s research and policymaking communities.

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Core Activities

  • Create partnering opportunities for researchers and policymakers.

  • Disseminate research findings to the state capital policymaking community.

  • Disseminate research selectively, via means and in formats that make use of the information most likely.

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Core Activities

  • Advise the research community of the research needs of the policymaking community.

  • Assist researchers in contacting foundations, government agencies and others who may have interests in their areas of expertise.

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Core Values

  • Political neutrality.

  • The promotion and distribution of high quality research from all research sources.

  • Collaborative, cross-disciplinary approaches to the analysis of major, complex public policy issues.

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Core Values

  • The promotion of theoretical, as well as applied analysis as a means of better understanding practical options.

  • The development and, where possible, institutionalization of partnerships between the research and policy communities.

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Initial Areas of Focus

  • Health

  • Education

  • Governance

    Others to be added depending on interest and financing

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Three Central Questions

Special focus on the potential impacts of policy options on:

  • Underserved populations and populations with special needs

  • The California economic and business climate

  • The California state budget

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USC Partners: Health Care

  • School of Policy, Planning, and Development

  • School of Social Work

  • School of Dentistry

  • School of Pharmacy

  • Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

  • Center for Health Policy, Financing and Management

  • Institute for Prevention Research (School of Medicine)

  • Department of Family Medicine (School of Medicine)

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USC Partners: Non-health

  • Rossier School of Education

  • Viterbi School of Engineering

  • Annenberg School for Communication

  • Lusk Center for Real Estate

  • The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (School of Policy, Planning and Development)

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Four Unique Qualities

  • Multi-issue

  • Partnerships across the university

  • Collect, disseminate, not produce research

  • Entrepreneurial promotion and delivery of policy-relevant research

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Immediate Next Steps

  • Open early November

  • Form USC-based and other advisory boards

  • Expand USC partnerships

  • Consider non-USC relationships

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Walter Zelman, Director

213 740-8022

Zelman@USC. edu

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