Role of State Faith Community Liaisons in Charitable Choice Implementation. Findings from the preliminary analysis of 50-state data

12/18/2008

As Table II.1 indicates, of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 36 had formalized FCL positions at the time of the study.[9] Of these, three were established in statute, 13 were established through executive order, and 17 were appointed by the governor, by another official in the executive branch, or through some other type of administrative action. Somewhat fewer than half of the FCL positions were housed in the governors office, with the rest located in state agencies or nonprofit organizations. Half were full-time positions, although it was not always clear if they were dedicated solely to work with the faith-based or faith-based and community initiative in the state, or were expected to juggle other responsibilities.

Table II.1.
Overview of the FCL Function in the 50 States
State White House Office of Faith-Based and
Community Initiatives Data (2008)
Sager Dissertation Data (2003-2005) Experts Noted FCL
Activity
Formal FCL Exists Where Position Housed How Position Established Status of Position (Full-time or Part-time)
AL Yes Governors Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Executive Order (EO) Part-Time (PT) Yes
AK Yes Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives EO PT Yes
AZ Yes Office of the Governor Appointed PT Yes
AR Yes Department of Human Services, Division of Volunteerism Appointed PT  
CA No   Yes (County FCLs)
CO No    
CT Yes Office of Faith-Based and Community Based Initiatives EO PT Yes
DC Yes Mayors Office of Partnerships and Grants Services Appointed PT Yes
DE No    
FL Yes Governors Volunteer Florida Foundation EO Full-Time (FT) Yes
GA Yes Department of Human Resources/Division of Family and Children Services, Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Appointed PT Yes
HI Yes No information Appointed PT Yes
IA Yes Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center No information  
ID Yes No information Appointed PT Yes
IL No        
IN Yes Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives EO FT Yes
KS Yes Office of the Governor, Grants Program Appointed PT  
KY Yes Office of the Governor, Governor's Faith-Based and Community Initiative No information  
LA Yes Governor's Office of Community Programs Appointed FT  
MA No        
MD Yes Governor's Office of Community Initiatives EO FT  
MI Yes Office of the Governor EO FT  
MN Yes Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives EO FT Yes
MO Yes Office of the Governor Statute No information Yes
MS Yes Office of the Governor No information   Yes
MT Yes Department of Health and Human Services, Human and Community Services Division Appointed PT Yes
NC Yes No information Appointed FT  
ND Yes Department of Commerce, Workforce Development Division Statute PT  
NE No        
NJ Yes Department of State, Office of Faith-Based Initiatives EO FT Yes
NH Yes Department of Health and Human Services No information  
NM Yes Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives EO FT Yes
NV No        
NY Yes Office of Children and Family Services Appointed PT  
OH Yes Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Statute FT Yes
OK Yes Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Appointed FT Yes
OR No        
PA No        
RI No        
SC Yes Office of the Governor Appointed PT  
SD No        
TN No        
TX Yes OneStar Foundation EO FT Yes
UT Yes Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Appointed PT Yes
VA Yes Division of Community and Volunteer Services Statute PT Yes
VT No        
WA Yes Office of the Governor No information  
WI Yes Office of Community and Faith-Based Partnerships No information  
WV No        
WY Yes Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Appointed PT Yes
Source:   White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/fbci/contact-states.html, accessed September 22, 2008.
Sager, Rebecca. 2006. The Purpose Driven Policy? Explaining State-Level Variation in the Faith-Based Initiative (Unpublished dissertation).

Expert advice also played a major role in informing us about particularly engaged FCLs, those who had taken on noteworthy initiatives, and/or those who worked under challenging or otherwise significant circumstances. Two scholars of faith-based initiatives, three highly active former FCLs, a federal agency FBCI center staff member, and our study consultant all provided their feedback on which sites might serve as useful case studies. There was substantial agreement among these experts, with more than half of them recommending five of the eight sites that were ultimately selected; the other three selected sites received fewer recommendations but were supported by other data sources.

Drawing from the diverse data sources, we triangulated the evidence to identify those sites whose inclusion in the study appeared to be most strongly justified. We sought suggestive patterns from the evidence, taking into consideration the timeliness and quality of the various sources and the relative balance of selection criteria. Ultimately, we actively considered all those sites for which evidence from the ASPE/MPR or Sager data was strong, and for which there were expert recommendations of significant activity or effectiveness. This yielded a set of 18 states, the District of Columbia, and several additional cities.

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