The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) is a non-partisan civic engagement research and outreach initiative for the state of California. Founded and directed by Mindy Romero, it is housed at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. The CCEP was established to engage public dialogue on representative governance in California. CCEP research is intended to inform and empower a wide range of policy and organizing efforts, supporting equity and well-being throughout the state.
Civic engagement is critical to addressing disparities in state and regional patterns of well-being and opportunity, including outcomes in education, health and employment. The CCEP plays a lead role in improving the quality and quantity of publicly available civic engagement data by collecting and curating data from a broad range of sources for public access and use.
A key focus of CCEP data analysis is identifying disparities and opportunities in civic participation across place and population in the state. CCEP research also helps explore non-traditional measures of civic engagement, particularly among groups historically underrepresented in our civic and political institutions.