Researchers & Policy Analysts

The Mack Center has an ongoing investment in analyzing current public policies, seeking alternatives to existing public policies, and deriving lessons learned from public policy implementation. Most of the policy analyses and implementation case studies and reports are in three primary service delivery areas: child welfare, adult and aging, and welfare to work. This policy work also includes materials designed for non-academic audiences.

BASSC Policy Groups

The BASSC agency members have established five policy groups that assist in policy development. The core service areas - child welfare, adult and aging, and welfare to work - have policy groups comprised of senior managers from each of the Bay Area counties who meet regularly and advise the BASSC directors through periodic reports. A fourth group, the Bay Area Human Resources Policy Group emerged during the implementation of welfare reform from the concern around managing scare human resources. The fifth group, the Regional Planning and Evaluation Group, focuses on agency use of internal and external evidence to inform policy and practice.

Policy Papers

Child Welfare: An effort addressing the service redesign issues confronting the child welfare system, resulted in a publication "Promising Bay Area Practices for the Redesign of Child Welfare Services" distributed in 2002 to opinion leaders and the media throughout California. 

Adult & AgingLike our work with Child Welfare, we address current issues related to the delivery of Adult/Aging services within county human service organizations. Our prior work includes elder abuse prevention (see Elder Abuse Prevention: A Case Study in the Santa Clara County Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) Program), policy development (see Long-Term Care in the United States: Policy Themes & Promising Practice), and protective services assessment  (see Assessing Elder Mistreatment: Instrument Development and Implications for Adult Protective Services).

Welfare Reform: Following enactment of the 1996 TANF legislation and the completion of the 1998 county plans to implement the CalWORKs program, a series of case studies were developed to capture promising and innovative programs and practices implemented among the BASSC member agencies. A listing of these case studies is available in Changing Welfare Services Case Studies of Local Welfare Reform Programs and are available from our Publications section.