CRRE Services

The CRRE works closely with partners to develop the research design that works best for their organization. The following are a list of the type of services we provide.

Program Evaluations

Partnering with various sized non-profits, the research team works in collaboration with organizations to design and conduct evaluations to demonstrate their programs' impact and reach. Using a mixed methods approach, researchers uses quantitative and qualitative research methodology to get a thorough understanding of a program. Whether it be designing surveys, conducting in-depth interviews, or creating psychosocial profiles to understand the social environment, physical and mental wellness of program participants. The CRRE research team works in collaboration with partners to ensure the program evaluation is holistic and meets their needs.

Community Dashboard/Metric Studies

Helping communities and cities understand their constituents by creating dashboards with innovation and economic indicators. The research team analyzes hundreds of data sets such as the following:

  • Demographics: Race, age, educational attainment, wage ranges, etc.
  • Economic: Firms by industry cluster, housing cost, GDP, industry cluster economic impact, etc.
  • Innovation Economy: Number of startups, incubators/accelerator working spaces, job creation, etc.
  • Community: Walking score, number of non-profits or art organizations, crime, teen fitness/health factors, parks, tree canopy coverage, street lighting,etc.

The elements above help inform leaders about their community to identify the type of services that will most benefit their community.

Market Research

The research team works with university departments and non-profits to conduct market research studies to determine the viability of programs being considered. Projects vary from proposed academic degrees to training programs serving local communities. Researchers use qualititative and quantitative research methods to help organizations determine the viability of the proposed programs by conducting a landscape analysis, evaluating the potential target audience's receptiveness, job market needs and employer needs. The CRRE team has conducted a myriad of market research studies for proposed university Masters programs, as well as, training programs for non-profits.


The CRRE is an advocate for data-driven decisions. In addition to helping organizations make decisions based on quantitative and qualitative data, the department also works on efforts to teach others how they can use data on their own to make programmatic and organizational decisions.

The following are some programs the organization spearheads.

Community Research Certificate

The specialized certificate in Community Research and Program Evaluation offers an overview of data sources and methods and fundamentals for evaluating programs and services in school, health, government, nonprofit agencies, social service agencies, state departments, consulting firms and businesses. The program allows working professionals from a variety of disciplines to develop baseline training in program evaluation, data collection and community research. Our course environment encourages inquiry-based learning as a central feature of the training approach. Students will link scholarship to practice through case studies, problem-solving exercises, as well as a capstone project. The Community Research and Program Evaluation Certificate will provide students with an expanded toolkit to assess various research methodologies, ask essential questions for program evaluation, access community data, and perform descriptive analyses to make a difference within their organization. Learn more.

Fellows Program

The CRRE department offers a unique opportunity for UC San Diego undergraduate and graduate students to be a research fellow for the department. Students work closely with the CRRE research team to learn research and analytics skill sets by working on research projects. Students are welcome to apply for the program by emailing a statement of interest to Dr. Josh Shapiro.