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2022 - The Yankelovich Survey – How the fall election is shaping up
Reproductive rights, crime rates and concerns over a war with Russia are among the issues likely to affect voter engagement in California’s November general election, according to the latest Yankelovich Survey. Reproductive rights, in particular, is a hot button issue with many voters. The San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times and KPBS were among the media outlets that wrote about the survey.

2021 - The Yankelovich Survey – Many California voters favor reforming state recall process
In the wake of the 2021 gubernatorial recall election, California voters say they would favor changes in the recall process, a Yankelovich Survey found. Forty percent of the state’s registered voters believe the recall process needs major reforms, compared with 34% of likely voters in 2003. The survey also found that the election was unrepresentative of the state’s electorate.  CBS8 and The Jewish News of Northern California were among the media outlets that summed up the findings, along with UC San Diego News Center.

2021 - VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE  H-Hub San Diego
Join the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at UC San Diego for a virtual open house of its new Homelessness-Hub (H-Hub). The H-Hub was created by a team of USP faculty and researchers to fill a critical gap in the San Diego region’s efforts to develop data-driven responses to our region’s homelessness crisis. H-Hub is an open access, free repository for mapping and documenting homelessness, and consolidating data to support advocacy, services, research
and policy in the San Diego region. The H-Hub uses GIS as its main platform because visualization and mapping can
be a powerful method for presenting and analyzing data.

2020 - Why Big Data and Machine Learning Won’t Save Us from Another Financial Crisis
Professor Stephen Blyth of Harvard University, former President and CEO of the Harvard Management Corporation, presented his insights on how innovation in quantitative finance have affected the possibilities of a new economic crisis, and what form it might take. 

2020 - How Americans Work Using In-Depth Interviewing to Rethink Data Infrastructure 
The workshop was designed to provoke a conversation exploring how deep, qualitative interviewing and ethnography can be used to improve our public data infrastructure as we seek to understand the challenges Americans face in earning a stable living.

2019- Pathways to STEM Careers:  Strategies for Employment from High School Degree to Ph.D.
A day-long workshop of scholars and policy leaders addressing the challenges in the pipeline of developing the STEM workforce as well as new possibilities.
2019- Financing Higher Educational Opportunity: Investments, Endowments, and Access
A panel of experts and scholars gathered (Event Flyer) to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the growing financialization of higher education--as well as the outcomes for the various stakeholders involved.

2019- Immigration Research and Policy Lunch
The Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research partnered with the San Diego Chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network to organize a large meeting of academics from San Diego-area universities and regional leaders focused on the issue of immigration. See images of the event and the program of topics covered. 

2018- Inclusive Growth Working Lunch
On October 26, 2018, the Yankelovich Center partnered with the Scholars Strategy Network to host a lunch convening designed to share ideas and insights of UCSD faculty for the “Inclusive Growth” initiative of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC). See greater description and photos. 

2017- How big should our government be?
A new book by previous Yankelovich center director, Lane Kenworthy and coauthors.

2016- How do people go from raw opinion to judgment?
short video on the public opinion learning curve by the center's founder, Dan Yankelovich.

2016- New high school completion standards that aim to increase college entry have mixed effects
With funding from the Yankelovich Center, Julian Betts and colleagues have examined the impact of new San Diego Unified School District criteria for high school graduation. Their study concluded that a larger share of the district's students are completing high school with the qualifications needed for admission to a California public university, but graduation rates have decreased among African Americans, Latinos, and students whose parents had no college.

2016- Are we entering an era of dysfunction in American government? If so, can it be stopped?
That was the theme of the Southern California Law and Social Science Forum, held at UC San Diego on March 18, 2016, co-sponsored by the Yankelovich Center.

2016- Expanding access to a college degree
Two early recipients of seed funding from the Yankelovich Center were Alan Daly in Education Studies and Mica Pollock and Susan Yonezawa of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE). They have now brought their research together and have partnered with the Gates Foundation to create the San Diego Math Network to try to improve student performance in four of San Diego's largest school districts. The researchers discovered that understanding of fractions is a key stumbling block for many students from poverty backgrounds, which makes it difficult for these students to catch up. Their intervention focuses on development and sharing of practical teaching tools for mastering fractions in elementary and middle school.

2016- Opportunity and upward mobility in the legal profession
Ten African American judges in San Diego county discussed their origins and route to the bench in a forum, "Achieving Judicial Diversity," on Feb 16, 2016. The Yankelovich Center co-sponsored the event, part of the Judicial Justice Speaker Series and Black History Month.

2016- Yankelovich Center retreat
The Center held its third annual faculty retreat on January 22, 2016.

2015- Upward mobility commission
The Yankelovich Center has initiated the formation of a two-year commission to examine strategies for increasing upward mobility in America.

2015- Inequality symposium
The Center co-sponsored a one-day conference on inequality and a discussion with Thomas Piketty on his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

2015- Foreclosed America
That's the title of a new book coauthored by Isaac Martin, professor of sociology and a member of the Yankelovich Center's executive committee.

2014- New book by Dan Yankelovich
Center founder Daniel Yankelovich's latest book is Wicked Problems, Workable Solutions: Lessons From a Public Life.

2012- The man who helped shape communication
Professor Emeritus Michael Cole, a Yankelovich Center grantee, is an exemplary advocate of the Department of Communication's most distinctive values.

2010- A window into the social workings of schools
Education Studies' Alan Daly, a Yankelovich Center grantee, and a team of scholars offer a provocative and fascinating exploration of how social networks in schools affect education reform.