Current Research

At the Center for Social Policy, it is our goal to provide research that can help inform public policy making and program improvement. Below is a list of the most current and up-to-date research and publications by Center for Social Policy and our partners:

Southeastern New Mexico Oil & Gas Workforce Study - NEW (January/February 2024)
This report, commissioned by Somos Un Pueblo Unido, had three main objectives: 1. Understand the attitudes, experiences, and workplace conditions of the oil and gas workforce and their families in the Permian Basin region of Southeast New Mexico; 2. Describe the oil and gas community's perceived current and long-term training needs as the state transitions to clean energy; and 3. Describe the current training landscape in the region drawing on the experiences and perceptions of local educators, workforce boards, and community-based organizations. Overall, main goal of this report is to provide insight for stakeholders engaged in the just transition to clean energy in the state of New Mexico by giving voice to the most directly impacted community, the oil and gas workforce. Click the title to read the full report or read more here: Somos Un Pueblo Unido Executive Summary || Resumen Ejecutivo por Somos Un Pueblo Unido


The Economic Challenges and Public Benefit Utilization of New Mexicans 50 years and Older (February 2023)
This landscape analysis examines the economic challenges facing New Mexicans 50+ as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The research also looks at how New Mexicans 50 years and older utilized public benefit programs during this time, including any obstacles they may have faced in accessing those programs.

Promoting Racial Equity in the NM Early Childhood Workforce (September 2021)
In this brief, our research team examines the role and ability of the early childhood education workforce in New Mexico to promote social and racial equity for children of all backgrounds. Click the title to read more.

The Economic Well-being of the NM Early Childhood Workforce (September 2021)
Over the past few years, New Mexico has significantly increased its funding for early childhood programing. However, research has show that despite the funding increases, salary levels for many in the workforce have lagged behind. In this brief, our research team identifies mechanisms and strategies to help address these issues. Click the title to read more. 

New Mexico’s Electoral System is in Need of Reform: Fusion Voting Can Improve Representation for the
State’s Growing Population of Young and Independent Voters (February 2021)
As Americans grow increasingly frustrated with the two-party systems, not only has the electorate base begin to shift towards more voters identifying as 'Independent', the number of newly registered 'Independents' in New Mexico has also grown significantly. A recent analysis of the current trends by our CSP researchers has shown that major election reform is needed in New Mexico in order to ensure equal representation and participation for all voters, regardless of party-affiliation, and why "Fusion Voting" should be serious a consideration.
Read more here: NM Electoral Reform & Fusion Voting

How to Address the Devastating COVID-19 Impacts on Latino Families - Latino Parent Voices: Policy Recommendations (December 2020)
Across the country, minority communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. In partnership with Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, this report looks specifically at the devastating impact of the virus on Latino Families. Our report offers policy recommendations across six key areas: health, education, economics, social justice, and family; the areas with the most promise for helping Latino families in need and mitigating the damage caused by the pandemic. Read more here:

2020 New Mexico Redistricting Survey (November 2020)
In partnership with Latino Decisions and support from the Thornburg Foundation, our latest survey shows that New Mexicans are increasingly interested in the re-districting process. Those surveyed would like to see more competitiveness, transparency, engagement with tribal nations, and overall public involvement in the redistricting process. Read more here: Press Release || Survey Summary Report

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