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Drawing on inter-disciplinary expertise, the CRC produces cutting edge research on critical dimensions of regional change, including civic engagement, economic development, environmental justice, regional equity, and youth health & well-being.



The CRC work is founded on the principle of collaboration, and the belief that regional change is catalyzed by diverse groups of individuals and organizations engaged in a process of mutual inquiry and action.



Field-shaping research methods and data tools, such as socio-spatial mapping, multi-indicator indices of well-being and vulnerability and participatory action research provide unique contributions to scholarship and practices of regional change.



The CRC’s research is solutions oriented and intended to inform public policy, community advocacy, economic development, and human/ social service sectors in their work to build healthy, prosperous, sustainable, and equitable communities and regions.



Clear and visually compelling designs and creative use of multiple media ensure that the CRC’s research reaches and informs its intended audiences.

What's new at the CRC?

What's new at the CRC?

Public Launch of CRC/Rabobank Regional Opportunity Index (ROI)

March 2014

The CRC is excited to announce the public launch of its new UC Davis Center for Regional Change/Rabobank Regional Opportunity Index (ROI). Developed through a generous gift from Rabobank, the ROI is a web-based mapping platform used to target positive investments to the people and places that need it the most. The ROI currently covers the 19 counties of the Central Valley with plans to expand statewide. The ROI was developed by an all-star CRC team led by Chris Benner and including Nancy Erbstein, Teri Greenfield, Cassie Hartzog, Diane Godard, Sara Watterson, Hyeyoung Choe, Mindy Romero and Jonathan London. Read more here.

CRC Shares Updated Youth Data-Mapping Website

March 2014

Recently, CRC affiliates had several opportunities to share PYOM, our interactive youth data-mapping website. The site is launching in the spring with a more user-friendly interface and updated analyses disaggregated by race/ethnicity, sex and community-type. Read more here.

CCEP Releases New Brief on Vote by Mail Patterns

March 2014

The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP), in partnership with the Future of California Elections (FOCE), has released a new issue brief examining California's vote-by-mail ballots. The brief is titled: Disparities in California's Vote-by-Mail Use Changing Demographic Composition: 2002-2012. This new research is the first to provide a comprehensive analysis of the changing composition of California's vote-by-mail voters over the past decade. Read the press release here and read the brief here.

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Sustainable Communities - Implementation Challenges and Opportunities: Improving the Models

March 5, 2014 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The CRC's director, Jonathan London, will be serving as a panelist in a forum through the UC Davis Policy Institute: '"Sustainable Communities - Implementation Challenges and Opportunities: Improving the Models." This forum series consists of four sessions that will bring together researchers, policy-makers, and stakeholders to discuss and explore the latest research and real-world experience with implementation of SB 375 and related policies. Third in the forum series, this upcoming forum will address the current state of the models being used to guide SB 375 implementation including their ability to represent policies and strategies. It will discuss the way model results are communicated to stakeholders and the opportunities for further model development. 

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