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The Institute of Public Anthropology (IPA) is a regional specialist in applied projects that require qualitative research
and oversight. We conduct grant based projects, partner with public and private organizations
and conduct pro bono educational research with students.
The IPA serves as the organizational umbrella for three inter-related areas of applied
anthropological research: the anthropology of organizations, community planning and
development, and ad hoc applied research projects undertaken at the request of community
members and organizations.
The anthropology of organizations involves the application of ethnographic methods
and concepts to organizations in order to help them see and exploit their strengths
and address their weaknesses. In anthropological terms, community planning and development
involves the evaluation of change, and plans for change, from a holistic perspective,
encompassing all the various social and cultural implications of community change.
Ad hoc applied research projects would be conducted by our faculty and students at
the request of local community organizations, depending on their needs.
On The Frontline: Community Based Youth serving Organization and the Economic Integration
of Disconnected Youth in the San Joaquin Valley, M. Anne Visser, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Download On The Frontline 2016
School, Work, and the Transition to Adulthood of Youth in the San Joaquin Valley, M. Anne Visser, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Download Youth in the SJV Report here
The Library Study- Recently completed report on our study of the Henry Madden Library is now available.
Download The Library Study here.
EPM-The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) awards grant
to help launch, the EPM (“Engineering for People and Markets in California’s Central
Valley”), the first tri-college initiative on campus.
Read more about the EPM here.
Fulton Mall Study- The preliminary findings of the Fulton Mall and Downtown Fresno
Survey are now available!
A more detailed analysis of the data is currently being developed. The document is
provided in two formats:
Powerpoint Slide Show