We would like to thank the faith community liaisons (FCLs) and their staff, the representatives of the faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs), the advisory board members, and other key partners who met with us during our site visits to Alabama, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, and Virginia. They were extremely generous with their time and in sharing their perspectives on the work of the FCLs and the FBCOs in their states and communities. Without their help, this study would not have been possible.
We are particularly grateful to our key contacts in each site who organized our visits, graciously hosted us, and reviewed and commented on draft sections of this report. They included: Lisa Castaldo and Sydney Hoffman in Alabama, Pat Henry in the District of Columbia, Suzanne Yack and Kay Kammel in Florida, Fred Nettles in Illinois, Eddie LaPorte and Sharon Iphill in New Jersey, Nancy Pope in New Mexico, Erin Brackney and Chris Bugbee in Texas, and Jane Brown in Virginia. In addition, we spoke with representatives of an array of FBCOs, several chairs and members of advisory boards to the FCLs, and administrators and staff in other government agencies and private organizations that collaborate with the FCLs. They were also very helpful in offering their thoughts about their own work, the faith-based and community initiatives, and the work of the FCLs.
Alana Landey, our project officer from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), provided insightful, collegial, and invaluable guidance, review, and support throughout the project. Ben ODell of the DHHS Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives was also extremely helpful in providing perceptive guidance at key stages of the project.
Stanley Carlson-Thies of the Center for Public Justice and Amy Sherman of the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research reviewed drafts of various study products and offered essential assistance and advice throughout the study. Rebecca Sager of Loyola Marymount University provided both unique data and very helpful feedback. Krista Sisterhen, former FCL for the state of Ohio, offered her thoughts on the project early on, and two other former FCLs contributed their perspectives on the status of the FCL function in various states.
At Mathematica Policy Research, Sheena McConnell reviewed drafts of project reports and presentations and provided thoughtful feedback. Shawn Marsh and his data team made it possible for this study to draw on state survey data from a previous Mathematica study for ASPE that explored implementation of Charitable Choice. The report was edited by Marc DeFrancis and Amanda Bernhardt, and was expertly produced by Donna Dorsey and Lisa Walls.