The Rose Institute’s projects explore the social, political, and economic impacts of public policy at the state, local, and, occasionally, national levels. For over thirty years, the Rose Institute has been nationally recognized as a leader in demographic analysis and redistricting research and reform. With extensive experience examining key issues, the Rose Institute has conducted budget analyses for private institutions, and contributed to fiscal research for local governments, among other legal and analytic projects affecting California government.
The Database provides information on all statewide initiatives adopted by voters in the United States from the first successful statewide initiative in 1904 through 2013. It allows users to sort voter-approved initiatives by year, state, subject category, and more, and to export data in a variety of forms to meet their research needs. Originally developed by Dr. Kenneth P. Miller of Claremont McKenna College and student researchers as the empirical basis for Dr. Miller’s book Direct Democracy and the Courts, the database supplements the book and provides a resource for researchers and others interested in the development and use of the initiative process. The database also provides a unique source of information on post-election legal challenges to voter-approved initiatives.
The Sothern California Almanac is an easy-to-use source for residents to learn more about their communities and become better-informed participants in the political process. The Almanac provides county and city official information, demographic statistics, and economic data on 10 counties and 31 cities in southern California.
In February 2011, the Rose Institute launched RedistrictinginAmerica.org, the first website in the country to feature information, news, and analysis on congressional redistricting in fifty states. The core of the project is the exhaustive district-by-district detail of electoral and demographic data and detailed analysis comparing new districts to old. The Washington Post called the site a “must read” and a “great new redistricting site.” Politico called it a “must click” and “an essential site for the upcoming fight over the congressional map.” Congressional Quarterly’s Political Wire named the site a “must see.” And Chuck Todd, the NBC News Chief White House correspondent, tweeted a compliment and link to the site.
The Inland Empire Center for Economics and Public Policy (IEC) was founded in 2010 as a collaborative effort by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and the Lowe Institute for Political Economy, both based at Claremont McKenna College. The IEC hosts several conferences each year, in partnership with UCLA Anderson Forecast, to provide Inland Empire leaders with expert analyses of the region’s unique political and economic landscape. The IEC also publishes the Inland Empire Outlook, The CMC-UCLA Inland Empire Forecast, and The CMC-UCLA Coachella Valley Forecast.
Since 2003 the Rose Institute has published the Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey. The annual survey collects and analyzes data on fees, taxes, costs, and incentives that contribute to the cost of doing business in 258 California cities and another 47 in the other western states. The result is an in-depth study and cost rating for each city. Detailed survey results are available for purchase.
The Rose Institute launched its Video Voter Series in 2012 to reach California voters online to deliver the hard facts about upcoming ballot initiatives. Each video contains analysis of both sides of each initiative, as well as summaries of who is supporting each issue.
The Burnweit Database is a biographical database of California’s legislative branch. It encompasses data on all members of the California senate and Assembly, from 1903 to the present. It provides biographical facts and political career data following the model set by the Biographical Directory of the United States. The Rose Institute is currently updating the database and upgrading the technical aspects to make it more user-friendly and accessible to the public.
Primary Election Project
The Primary Election Project compiles primary election regulations across all 50 states dating back several decades. The Project matches regulations with corresponding political outcomes to determine if certain primary laws yield more or less partisan political outcomes.