We build capacity.

We help regions, partnerships, and institutions develop the capacity to work together effectively, assess the results of their work, and support students as they cross systems. We provide expertise in data analysis, strategic planning, collaboration and consensus building, and supporting communities of practice.

Through our applied policy analyses and evaluations, we identify gaps within and between K-12 and postsecondary education—gaps that, if filled, could likely support increased learning and greater student success. We focus on different levels of capacity building at the state, system, institutional, and regional levels, and through the lenses of both policy and practice so that one can inform the other.

Our projects include:


We all have power to take on issues that can positively affect student learning, engagement, progression, and success. But it’s hard to do that in isolation. We end up without the relationships and evidence we need to navigate them successfully—and we often reinvent the wheel.

At the CSU Student Success Network, we create spaces for teams of middle leaders—students, faculty, staff, and administrators—to collaborate, experiment, and share evidence with each other. Teams come together to support system goals, such as increasing graduation rates; closing critical opportunity and outcomes gaps; and supporting equity-based inquiry and action.

Come be a part of a collaborative, cross-campus community run by middle leaders for middle leaders.



California EPFP is jointly administered by the Education Insights Center and the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State to support the development of a new generation of skilled, informed education leaders who can develop and implement effective policy. The program brings together approximately 20 professionals over the course of an academic year to explore critical topics related to the national program’s three pillars: policy, leadership, and networking. California EPFP is tailored to address particular challenges in the state through its focus on 1) connecting Pre-K-12, and postsecondary education and 2) connecting state policy development and local implementation needs. These connections will be supported through the selection of Fellows, networking opportunities, the curriculum and speaker series, and the applied projects that Fellows complete.

California EPFP is supported by the State of California and generous grants from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert FoundationThe William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and College Futures Foundation.

Visit our website to learn more about California EPFP and how to be part of the next cohort of fellows.

Advancing Research and Policy for K-12 and Postsecondary Education

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Education Insights Center
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Tahoe Hall 3065 
Sacramento, California 95819-6081
Phone: 916.278.3888
Fax: 916.278.3907
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