Research Areas: Public Health

 

 

  • CA Department of Rehabilitation/ State Independent Living Centers - (SILC)
    • The Institute for Social Research (ISR) has contracted with the CA Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)/State Independent Living Centers (SILC) to perform ongoing needs assessment analyses for the 28 Statewide Independent Living Centers. We are investigating where possible gaps are in relation to the types of services being provided for individuals with disabilities and identifying key areas in need of improvement as a means of strengthening California’s independent living network.
  • Community Care Licensing (CCL) Key Indicators Study (2011-2014)
    • The ISR has contracted with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Community Care Licensing (CCL) Division to provide guidance, design, development, analyses, and implementation of new inspection compliance protocol(s) evaluation tools. These tools will be used by CCL in the inspection process for residential care facilities. The ISR will design and develop the Key Indicator Inspection Model (KIM) to complement the current inspection process, which ensures compliance with state regulations. The ISR will also provide formal recommendations and technical assistance for these evaluation tools. For those interested, please click here to access audio files from a Stakeholder Meeting held October 28, 2011 at Sacramento State University.
  • Community Care Licensing (CCL) Caregiver Background Check Bureau (CBCB) Workload Study
    • The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) has contracted with the Institute for Social Research (ISR) to conduct a workload study on activities performed by Caregiver Background Check Bureau (CBCB) unit staff. The ISR will work collaboratively with the CCLD and the CBCB to determine workload standards for CBCB analysts who carry out criminal history background checks to ensure that residential and day care facilities serving Californians meet legal requirements established to insure their safety.
  • Community Care Licensing (CCL) Licensing Program Analyst (LPA) Workload Study
    • The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) has contracted with the Institute for Social Research (ISR) to conduct a workload study on activities performed by Licensing Program Analysts (LPAs). The ISR will work collaboratively with the CCL division in the data collection, analysis and interpretation phases of the project to determine the amount of time required by LPA's to conduct the inspection process for a variety of residential and day care facilities that provide services to children and adults throughout California. The evaluation will update a previous study conducted by the ISR in 2001 which was used by the CCL to determine workload standards and staffing requirements for its workforce. The current study will take into account the new inspection processes developed by CCL, additional regulatory requirements and the substantial growth in the number of facilities that have occured in the past decade.
  • Child Care Pest Management Survey (DPR) 2013
    • The ISR has contracted with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to conduct a mixed methods survey of pest management practices in all 11,000 licensed child care centers across California. Beginning in January 2013, respondents will be able to participate in the study by emailing, faxing, or mailing the survey to ISR, or by filling it out on a secure, ISR-developed website designed for this project. This is the second time the state’s child care centers will be surveyed; the first survey took place in 2008. This 2013 survey will help DPR understand the current state of pesticide use and look for positive changes since 2008. DPR’s goal is to increase the use of more environmentally-friendly pest management practices in the state’s child care centers, and to reduce children and staff exposure to undesirable methods of managing bugs and rodents.
  • California Department of Mental Health (DMH) Consumer Perception Surveys (2010)
    • This project was conducted for the DMH to restructure the administration of their Consumer Surveys. The objectives included reducing administration burden and enhancing reliability and validity (and therefore the usefulness) of collected data. The surveys assess Consumers’ perceptions of quality of care and are currently being used for broad-based evaluation of California’s community-based mental health services. The ISR developed a random sampling methodology to take the place of the former convenience sampling methodology. The ISR also created a system that resulted in an annual administration process to take the place of the current biannual administration. Our work included evaluation of existing data platforms, obtaining stakeholder review and feedback, field testing, development of a training program and manual, survey administration, data analysis, data quality assessment and the development of reports and recommendations. (Website)
  • Assesment of Representativeness of the Mental Health Services Consumer Perception Survey (2010)
    • The California Department of Mental Health (CDMH) administers the Consumer Perception Survey (CPS) to consumers who receive face-to-face community mental health services from county-operated and contract providers. The CPS survey administration utilizes a convenience sampling approach in which consumers who come into the mental health service organization during the two week sampling period receive a survey to complete and return on the premises. CDMH contracted with the ISR to perform an analysis of the representativeness of the CPS to the larger consumer population. (Website)
  • Annual Sacramento State Survey of Public Opinion and Life Quality in the Sacramento Region (2009)
    • The Annual Sacramento State Survey of Public Opinion and Life Quality project was composed of annual telephone surveys, the objective of which was to assess and track the opinions of residents in the Sacramento region regarding their overall quality of life and important local, state, and national issues. For the purposes of this study, the Sacramento region included Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado counties. The topics covered each year varied to reflect current issues including traffic congestion, affordable housing and health care, public education, air-pollution, growth, and the economy. A set of core questions were maintained for longitudinal analysis.
  • California Respiratory Care Practitioner Workforce Study (2007)
    • This project was designed in response to the Respiratory Care Board of California's need to plan and prepare for a potential shortage of Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) in California and to consider future direction for the RCP education and certification requirements. The project involved surveying three groups: RCPs, Respiratory Care educational programs, and RCP employers. The study profiled the RCP workforce, forecasting future supply and demand for RCPs in California during the next decade. The study also examines the impact of possible changes to educational and examination requirements and includes models and recommendations. (Website)
  • CARE Consortium Evaluation - California Department of Health Services, Office of AIDS (1999)
    • The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act (RWCA) of 1990 provides for the establishment and support of HIV Care Consortia, whose responsibilities are to develop a service plan that will serve the community based upon local service needs, and fund the service providers who implement the service plan. The California State Office of AIDS (OA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded a study of California’s Title II RWCA HIV Care Consortia model. This study evaluated the efficiency and effectiveness of California’s RWCA consortia in assessing needs, setting priorities, and delivering services to individuals and families living with HIV. (Website)
  • Survey of Licensed Registered Nurses in California - California Board of Registered Nursing (1997)
    • The California Board of Registered Nursing funded a study seeking to describe California's registered nurses. Specifically, the purpose of this study was to describe California's working RNs in terms of demographic composition, educational experience, and work setting; to identify factors which may contribute to satisfaction and dissatisfaction with nursing work; and to examine changes in these patterns over time. The ISR conducted a mail survey to address these questions. (Website)