The Research and Evaluation Division activities promote the Commission’s strategic goal to advance data, analytics and opportunities to improve results identified in its strategic plan. Strategic Goal 2: The Commission will advance data and analytics that will better describe desired outcomes; how resources and programs are attempting to improve those outcomes; and, elevate opportunities to transform and connect programs to improve results.
The Commission has entrusted the Research and Evaluation Division with the following responsibilities to realize transformational change across service systems:
- Document Programs & Services: Provide reports, evaluations, and tools that document various activities funded by the MHSA and their characteristics.
- Measure Outcomes: Refine measures for the seven negative outcomes – school failure, out-of-home placement, incarceration, suicide, homelessness, unemployment, and prolonged suffering. Guide evaluation projects, activities, and reports designed to assess the impact of programs and services.
- Ensure Fiscal Accountability: Review and guide the development of tools for promoting transparency and accountability in MHSA program finances. Guide the evaluation of MHSA funding, focusing on program costs and the cost offsets in other areas when programs are implemented.
- Improve Data Quality Guide the development of planning tools, training resources and webinars designed to improve the quality of consumer-level data submitted to the State Data Collection and Reporting (DCR) System by local mental health agencies.
- Shape Policy Support and guide recommendations for research and evaluation derived from the Commission’s policy projects.