WRMA’s Katrina Bledsoe Elected to the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Executive Board of Directors.

Katrina Bledsoe was elected (by the membership) for a three-year term (2009-2012) to the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Executive Board of Directors. The board determines the association’s policies as well as leading the policy development in the transdisciplinary field of evaluation. AEA is a membership of almost 6,000 domestic and international evaluators. Ms. Bledsoe has been an active member of the association since 1995. She was chair of the Program Theory and Theory-driven Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG) from 2002-2007, and served as chair of the Diversity Committee from 2004-2007. Ms. Bledsoe will continue her service on the Diversity Committee and as the Program Chair for the TIG.

WRMA Conducts Market Rate and Child Care Survey for Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL)

Federal Child Care and Development Fund regulations require states to conduct Market Rate Surveys every two years, to ensure that rates are adequate and provide access to all children. The object of this Market Rate Survey for Washington State DEL is to collect data regarding child care subsidies, as well as gathering and analyzing other elements of Federally-funded child care service provision. This information will be collected by conducting a county-level phone survey, that captures specific elements such as: 1) current rates of child care centers and family child care homes; 2) numbers of slots; 3) numbers of subsidized slots; 4) current vacancy for all age groups; and 5) current vacancy by infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age as defined by licensing standards. WRMA will conduct the survey in both Spanish and English.

The report will include a description of the data gathered from the Market Rate Survey and an analysis of this data correlated with DEL’s two subsidy policy studies and The Child Care Resource and Referral Early Learning Data Report. The report will also support DEL in addressing the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee requirement by providing recommendations for increasing access and affordability of child care in the state.

WRMA Supports Development of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) Prevention & Early Intervention Plan (PEI)

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) is undertaking an intensive multi-faceted approach to developing the County’s Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Plan, as authorized by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) enacted by the California Voters in 2004 (SB 63). LADMH contracted with WRMA to provide facilitation and support services to assist in the development of its plan.

There are four objectives for the planning process support provided by WRMA. Objective 1 supports the overall planning process, including its design and guidance, and the evaluation of the capacity of community partners to engage in it and to collaborate with DMH service area managers. Objectives 2, 3 and 4 are comprised of 50 key informant interviews, 60 focus groups, and 24 community forums respectively. Their purpose is to collect comprehensive community input for the plan. WRMA is responsible for: designing interviews, focus groups and forums; organizing and managing all aspects of the requisite site visits; conducting and facilitating events; providing language support in all 13 Los Angeles County threshold languages; recording/transcribing all events; and summarizing and analyzing the data collected.