First and foremost, we would like to thank the US Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) for supporting South Carolina’s participation in this important research initiative. In particular, our Project Officer, Susan Hauan, has been extremely helpful and has provided excellent direction throughout the entirety of the grant. Thanks, also, to Julia Isaacs and Sarah Douglas of DHHS ASPE for their review of report drafts and valuable guidance.
We have been very fortunate to work with the project team at Mathematica Policy Research that drafted the survey instruments and worked with the participating states on design and implementation issues. Specifically, we thank Project Director Martha Kovac and also Donna Pavetti, Tom Fraker and Gretchen Kirby.
Thanks to Donald Klos of the Public Services Research Laboratory who selected the sample of cases and developed the weighting protocol for the study. And finally, we would like to recognize and thank our outstanding support team at the South Carolina Budget and Control Board Office of Research and Statistics, Pete Bailey, Diana Tester, David Patterson and Ellen Rodillo, without whom work of this breadth and caliber in South Carolina would not be possible.
We acknowledge with gratitude the South Carolinians in our sample who granted interviews to the MAXIMUS research team. We can only hope that sharing their situations and challenges in this research project will translate to better support and better tailoring of programs to their needs, and to those of their families.
Marilyn Edelhoch and Qiduan Liu, SCDSS
Phil Richardson, MAXIMUS, Inc.