Our Impact

Technical Assistance, and Research

Creating Impact by Bridging Academia and Community

The Social Policy Institute (SPI) has a proven track record of successful design and implementation of statewide and countywide training programs, often in the context of an integrated learning system. Building upon the history of leadership, innovation and success as well as the diversity of cultures and populations that make up the vibrant California communities, SPI has become an influential voice and resource for well-being. SPI educates, inspires and collaborates with partners and community stakeholders through shared learning opportunities, training and technical assistance, consultation, research and evaluation.


Healthy aging across the lifespan is critical for vibrant communities.

Child Welfare

Focusing on hope and wellness in children, families and communities.

Behavioral Health

Fostering the ability to participate in productive activities.


Focus on improving the complete physical, mental, and social well-being.

SPI has deep experience in cross-system collaboration between health and human service systems, education systems, and community systems (inclusive of parent voice) in the County of Ventura specifically, as well as throughout California and nationally. Our work focuses on adaptive leadership for systems transformation to build capacity to provide holistic, quality support to the organizations and communities we serve.

This section of our website showcases some of the impact the SPI team has successfully created since 2014, specifically within our Aging, Prevention, and Behavioral Health focus areas.

Strengthen Engagement and Collaboration

We apply human-centered design methods, project planning and systems thinking at both the service delivery and policy-making levels.

Participants in Trainings
Curriculum and Resources Developed
San Diego Residents Age 50+ Reached
Newsletter Subscribers

Stories of Success

What Our Partners Say

Elizabeth Estes

“The Social Policy Institute’s Director, Steve Hornberger, has been an integral part of Breaking Barriers development and implementation.”

Elizabeth Estes

Robin Jenkins

“San Diego State University’s Social Policy Institute has been a highly valued partner for the State of California and an array of organizations seeking to effectively translate evidence-supported science into well-designed public policies for broad social benefits.”

Robin Jenkins

Dr. Rachelle Benson

“The entire team at the Social Policy Institute brought subject matter expertise and cultural humility to the revision and redesign of our Faith-based and Behavioral Health Training Academy!”

Dr. Rachelle Benson

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