Role of Faith-Based and Community Organizations in Providing Relief and Recovery Services After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Acknowledgments

This study was conducted under the direction of Carol J. De Vita and Fredrica D. Kramer, co-principal investigators. Dr. De Vita, senior research associate in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, was responsible for the telephone survey; Dr. Kramer, senior consultant in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, was responsible for the case studies. Two local partners, the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) and the Mississippi Center on Nonprofits (MCN) provided important information on local conditions and potential case study organizations, and assisted at other critical points in the study.

The survey was administered by the Public Policy Research Lab (PPRL) at Louisiana State University under contract to the Urban Institute. Timothy Triplett, survey methodologist in the Urban Institutes Statistical Methods Group, provided technical assistance on survey design, and Mahesh Somashekhar and Petya Kehayova, research assistants in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, worked on survey design and analysis. Lauren Eyster and Samuel Hall, research associates in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, played central roles in the design and implementation of the case studies and in the analysis of case study findings.

The studys Technical Advisory Group (TAG) provided invaluable advice and feedback related to the survey questions, selection of case study organizations, and drafts of the final report. TAG members included Roberta Avila, Mississippi Coast Interfaith Disaster Task Force; Rev. Jennifer Jones Bridgett, Working Interfaith Network, Baton Rouge, LA; Harry Hatry, The Urban Institute; Terry Henderson, Southern Baptist Convention; Kevin King, Mennonite Disaster Relief; Stephen V. Monsma, Calvin College; and Demetra Smith Nightingale, Johns Hopkins University.

We are extremely grateful for those who responded to the survey and to the many in the field who helped us plan our site visits and shared their experiences and insights about the 2005 hurricanes. We also wish to thank Alana Landey, task order monitor, for her oversight, thoughtful guidance, and unwavering support throughout a long and complex study.


Suggestion citation: De Vita, Carol J., Fredrica D. Kramer, et al. 2008.В  The Role of Faith-Based and Community Organizations in Post-Katrina Human Service Relief Efforts.В  Washington, DC:В  The Urban Institute.

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