Role of State Faith Community Liaisons in Charitable Choice Implementation. Selection of the Eight Case Studies

12/18/2008

In making our selection we balanced the strengths and limitations of the systematic data available from the ASPE/MPR survey, the relative breadth and depth of the Sager dissertation data, the legal snapshot available from the Lexis-Nexis data, and the front-line expertise and timeliness of the recommendations from the experts. We also included the other structural considerations noted above, namely geographic and political diversity, noteworthy institutional structures and initiatives, and evidence of relative success under challenging circumstances. We ultimately selected seven states and the District of Columbia for inclusion as case studies. Two additional sites (one state and one city) were invited to participate in the study as well, but declined.

Table II.2 provides an overview of the case study sites. As the table demonstrates, the selection offered variety in several characteristics of interest. Several organizational structures were represented in this group, in particular with respect to the FCLs relationship to the governor and state agencies. One FCL was situated in the governors office (Alabama), while three resided in agencies (District of Columbia, New Jersey, and Virginia), and another had ties to both the governors office and a state agency (New Mexico). Two of the states (Texas and Florida) had FCLs housed in nonprofit organizations. The final site (Illinois) did not have a formal FCL function but was selected because a range of sources indicated activity in partnerships and other dimensions, and also because the inclusion of an informal FCL promised to be informative regarding alternative structures that appeared to be effective to some degree. The group of states also represented diverse political environments, urban and rural areas, and a mix of regions.

Table II.2.
Case-Study Site Table
Site Office FCL Title Agency Location
Alabama Governors Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives (GFBCI) Director, GFBCI Governors Office
District of Columbia Office of Partnerships and Grants Services (OPGS) Manager, Nonprofit and Faithbased Relations District of Columbia OPGS
Florida Compassion Florida, Volunteer Florida Foundation (VFF) Director, Compassion Florida, The Florida Faith-based and Community Initiative VFF
Illinois Office of Strategic Planning Director, Partners For Hope; Liaison, Team Illinois IL Department of Human Services (IDHS)
New Jersey Office of Faith-Based Initiatives (OFBI) Executive Director, OFBI NJ Department of State
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Director, OFBCI NM Department of Aging and Long-term Servicesa
Texas OneStar Foundation: Texas Center for Social Impactb Director, Texas Center for Social Impact OneStar Foundation
Virginia Division of Community and Volunteer Services Director, Office of Community Programs VA Department of Social Services (VDSS)
a The OFBCI is administratively supported by the Department of Aging but is generally independent of it.
b After the research teams site visit, OneStar underwent reorganization and revised its name to include the Texas Center for Social Impact.

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