about ceres policy research
Ceres Policy Research was originally founded in 2002 by Dr. Angela Irvine to provide research and technical assistance to county agencies and non-profit organizations in Santa Cruz County. During this first chapter of Dr. Irvine's work through Ceres, she conducted thirty-three evaluations for twenty-two clients. The topics ranged from kindergarten readiness to serving suspended and expelled youth to serving girls in the justice system in a way that recognizes their gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Dr. Irvine took a hiatus from Ceres to become a Director of Research for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). After four years, a group of NCCD employees started a new organization called Impact Justice where she worked as a Vice President for two years. In this capacity, she built a portfolio of program evaluation and technical assistance projects focused on three areas: building bridges out of the justice system for youth of color charged with serious and violent crimes, slowing the school to justice pipeline, and understanding pathways into the justice system for lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, gender nonconforming, and transgender youth--of which 85% are youth of color.
Dr. Irvine has decided to return to Ceres in order to focus on her school discipline and LGBQ/GNCT youth research. She is also expanding her focus on providing technical assistance to organizations that need help using data and evaluations to expand their reach and influence while reducing disparities across race, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.