Southern California has a wealth of research and policy expertise, on matters ranging from housing and transportation, to immigration, economic development, technological change, and civic engagement. However, many discussions on these topics occur in specialized fragments and silos, with few opportunities to engage and inform the larger public.
SoCal Policy Forum (SPF) is a platform that regularly convenes policy experts in Southern California on timely issues that can better engage and inform the larger public.
1) Bring coherence to policy conversations and deepening relationships and commitments across Southern California.
2) Draw attention to current and looming issues that can benefit from expert attention.
3) Bring a diversity of views that are grounded in evidence and experience.
4) Explore solutions worth testing and implementing.
SoCal Policy Forum is a partnership of the Southern California News Group (SCNG) and the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside, in collaboration with a range of policy and research centers across Southern California.
Southern California News Group is the largest news content provider in the five-county Los Angeles metropolitan area. As a leader in circulation among top publications nationwide, SCNG now owns and operates 11 local daily newspapers and more than a dozen community weeklies.
The Center for Social Innovation, UC Riverside aims to provide a credible research voice that spurs civic leadership and policy innovation. We also aim to integrate researchers, community organizations, and civic stakeholders in collaborative projects and long-term partnerships that boost collective impact.
The previous events we’ve had centered around the topics of clean energy, a perpetual fire season, advancing racial equity in government, poverty, and housing. We hope that this venue provides a meaningful contribution to improving policy conversations and decision-making in Southern California.