On behalf of our clients, RDA has produced hundreds of reports and plans that highlight the important work our clients do to ensure high quality service delivery to the communities we collectively serve. In all of our work, we commit to providing actionable and feasible recommendations that advance data-driven decision making and promote continuous improvement.
Below are examples of RDA work products and publications.
Almost half of the Stanislaus County workforce leaves the County each day to make long commutes to workplaces within the Bay Area Region and other Central Valley destinations. To understand the impacts that having a high number of out-of-county commuters is having on the local economy and labor market, the Stanislaus County Workforce Board partnered with RDA to conduct a study of County commuters to: 1) understand the characteristics, trends, and experiences of current commuters; 2) identify barriers and facilitators to taking a local job; and 3) identify opportunities for increasing local talent and skills to support the employment needs of local businesses.
In February 2019, the Office of Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer contracted RDA to provide policy and program services to inform and develop an anti-trafficking plan. This work was funded by a settlement between the Sex and Labor Trafficking (SALT) Unit of the City Attorney’s Office and Motel 6 in Sylmar. This report presents a roadmap of anti-trafficking strategies and program recommendations for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and anti-trafficking stakeholders across Los Angeles County and California to strengthen efforts to prevent labor trafficking and enforce anti-trafficking laws. Due to the critical need to address labor trafficking, this report’s recommendations focus on combating labor trafficking, though many strategies are also applicable to sex trafficking.
In response to the humanitarian crisis of homelessness in Los Angeles County, in 2015 the Board of Supervisors (BOS) established the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative (HI) within the Chief Executive Office (CEO). During the subsequent year, a collaborative planning process involving community and government partners resulted in a set of 47 Board-approved strategies reaching across sectors to provide a continuum of upstream (preventative), downstream (curative), and systems-level services and programs for persons experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The intent of Strategy E6: Countywide Outreach System is to create a coordinated and integrated network of street-based homeless outreach teams to identify, engage, and connect unsheltered individuals to interim and/or permanent housing and supportive services. The CEO’s Research and Evaluation Services unit contracted with RDA to evaluate Strategy E6 implementation.
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) holds a commitment to the inherent value of every human being and a vision of the United States that offers hope and opportunity for all. In this affirmative vision, immigration legal services are a vital component of a larger ecosystem of long-term strategies to protect immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, and advance equity and inclusion. GCIR contracted RDA to design and conduct a mixed-methods study to understand current capacity and gaps in legal services for immigrants and refugees across California.
The Contra Costa County Adult Education Consortium (CCCAEC) is pleased to present to their Comprehensive Regional Adult Education Three-year Plan. This plan, developed with RDA, is the result of nearly two years of research, deliberation, and planning by the CCCAEC members and their partners. The CCCAEC developed this plan three-year plan to serve the consortium roadmap to bolster and expand current adult education investments, address existing gaps, and strengthen connections between institutions.
The San Mateo County Pride Center (Pride Center or the Center) is a formal collaboration of four partner organizations to introduce a new mental health practice or approach focused on promoting interagency collaboration related to mental health services, supports, or outcomes and increase access to mental health services to underserved groups. The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission approved the project in 2016, and the Pride Center opened to the public in 2017. The following report provides our findings from the second year of implementing the San Mateo County Pride Center, from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
In California, Assembly Bill (AB) 1421 (also known as “Laura’s Law”) authorizes the provision of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) in counties that adopt a resolution for its implementation. AOT is designed to interrupt the repetitive cycle of hospitalization, incarceration, and/or homelessness for people with serious mental illness who have been unable and/or unwilling to engage in voluntary services. Contra Costa County contracted with RDA to conduct an evaluation of its AOT pilot program. This report presents findings about the AOT program spanning the period of February 2016 through June 2018.
In April 2018, RDA completed a yearlong comprehensive evaluation of the Los Angeles County Probation Department’s implementation and effectiveness of Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA) programs. As the final phase of the evaluation, this Gap Analysis Report uses data gathered through a best practice review and the results of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 analyses to examine gaps between best practices in delinquency prevention services and JJCPA program and service delivery. Based on our assessment, this report provides recommendations for JJCPA services and administration moving forward.
In February 2017, we completed an evaluation of the implementation of Santa Cruz County’s AB 109 systems and services, and presented findings to the Community Corrections Partnership. This memo builds on that effort by beginning to examine recidivism outcomes for the County’s AB 109 population.
This report is the end result of RDA’s review and evaluation of the Probation Department’s organizational structure and the logistics of changing that structure. It includes recommendations that we believe will have the greatest impact on transforming the Department into a high functioning, 21st Century agency that will become a model jurisdiction for other probation agencies across the country. This PDF does not include the appendices; however, the full, 500-page report can be found on the LA Probation Department’s website.
In 2015, the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services collaborated with leadership from local school districts, as well as youth serving systems such as child welfare and juvenile justice, to address some of the challenges across the County’s children’s mental health system of care. This assessment is a product of RDA’s partnership with the Education Leadership Board to identify mental health needs of County children and youth, and to lead a planning process to define priority areas and develop strategies to create better alignment and coordination of care across education and mental health systems..
This white paper details how the Bay Region Adult Education Consortium (BRAEC) worked with RDA to identify data sharing needs and develop recommendations on how to align their data systems. The white paper is the end result of a data capacity assessment, during which RDA examined the strengths and challenges of the data systems currently in use.
For nearly 20 years, the Juvenile Division of the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office has provided award-winning holistic legal representation and intervention for youth in the juvenile justice system through its Client Assessment Recommendation and Evaluation (CARE) Project. RDA’s comprehensive evaluation of the project includes an examination of CARE’s impact on client outcomes and recommendations to improve program design, implementation, and service delivery.
This summarized report was delivered to the Office of Statewide Planning and Development (OSHPD) to identify and review workforce planning practices within and outside of the California public mental health system (PMHS). This report also synthesizes recommendations on workforce planning models and strategies to most effectively address PMHS needs in counties throughout California.
Driven by a large body of research, probation departments across the country are under transformation, implementing new strategies and processes including evidence-based practices and community-based services, and placing increased emphasis on rehabilitation and youth development as a means for promoting public safety. As part of RDA’s work with the Los Angeles County Probation Department, this study reviews best practices in probation from across the country.
The purpose of this plan is to describe Yolo County’s Community Program Planning (CPP) process, provide an assessment of the needs identified and prioritized via an inclusive stakeholder process, and the proposed programs and expenditures to support a robust mental health system based in wellness and recovery. It includes an overview of the community planning process, an assessment of mental health needs in Yolo County, and a description of the County’s Mental Health Services Act programs.
In 2011, California’s legislature passed Assembly Bill (AB) 109, or Public Safety Realignment, in response to overcrowding in the State’s prison system. AB 109 shifted responsibility for incarcerating and supervising certain felony offenders from the State to the county level. The purpose of the evaluation is to enable the Santa Cruz County Community Corrections Partnership Executive Committee—as well as the County Departments and contracted service providers that comprise the County’s AB 109 system—to make data-driven decisions about AB 109 services and system coordination in order to support positive client outcomes and reduce recidivism in Santa Cruz County.
This Annual Report provides an overview of AB 109 public safety realignment activities undertaken in Contra County during the 2015/2016 fiscal year. It focuses on understanding the impact of AB 109-funded County departments, divisions, programs, and contracted service providers. Toward this end, this report describes the volume, type of services, and outcomes achieved by the County’s AB 109 partners over the course of the year.
The Merced County Department of Public Health is dedicated to protecting and improving community members’ health and long-term well-being. Developed through an inclusive engagement process that included health care partner agencies and community stakeholders, this Community Health Improvement Plan highlights strategies to address countywide health concerns.
Contra Costa County has designed an Assisted Outpatient treatment (AOT) program model that exceeds legislative requirements and responds to the needs of its communities. The program provides Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) services for individuals enrolled in AOT. When implemented to fidelity, ACT produces reliable results for consumers, including decreased negative outcomes, such as hospitalization, incarceration, and homelessness, and improved psychosocial outcomes, such as increased life skills and involvement in meaningful activities. This preliminary report captures the first six months of AOT implementation in the county.
Building off of the assessment of the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara’s (HACSC) Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, this document helps inform the transition from FSS to HACSC’s new Focus Forward Program (FFP). The FFP brings together data on the strengths and challenges of the HACSC FSS program, best practices in self-sufficiency programming, and components from innovative FSS programs in jurisdictions across the country.
In Santa Clara County’s environment of (a) increased housing costs and homelessness, (b) limited resources, and (c) low rental vacancy, the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara had both the opportunity and the mandate to design innovative uses for federal housing assistance funds, including the operation of programs that support economic self-sufficiency such as the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. This report presents an assessment of the FSS program as well as an assessment of benchmarking, research literature, and best practices in self-sufficiency program models.
Region XXIV’s Migrant Education Program in the Lindsay Unified School District serves approximately 1,000 migrant learners each year, representing roughly one-fifth to one-quarter of all learners. This comprehensive needs assessment is part of a statewide effort to understand the strengths and needs of migrant learners. It provides an independent assessment and evaluation of program needs as well as specific recommendations and solutions for improving outcomes for California’s migrant learner population.
Sierra Health Foundation has long invested in the well-being of California’s youth, and in 2012, the foundation launched the Positive Youth Justice Initiative (PYJI). PYJI aims to shift juvenile justice practice and policy by supporting California counties to design and implement system-level reforms to improve the health and well-being of crossover youth—youth who have been involved in the child welfare system and who are involved in the juvenile justice system. This evaluation sought not only to advise next steps in PYJI counties, but also to contribute to the juvenile justice field and inform future efforts in California and beyond.
California’s Senate Bill (SB) 1070 prioritizes the provision of career technical education (CTE) at the secondary and post-secondary level as a key workforce and economic development strategy. The SB 1070 Southwest Pathways Consortium is the local regional organizing body for implementation of the legislation in the Southwest Bay Area. RDA worked with this group to support the development of actionable and regionally focused strategies to increase the depth, breadth, and impact of industry participation in CTE programming.
This report that focuses on five areas of inquiry that the County’s African/African Ancestry community identified as most important because of their influence on the health, well-being, and quality of life in their community. These five areas include: the African/African Ancestry community definition of health, wellness, and illness; healthcare access; experiences with the healthcare delivery system; chronic disease; and the effects of racism and discrimination on health.
In 2012, Lake County Behavioral Health (LCBH) Department began the implementation of its Mental Health Services Act Innovation project to recruit and train a diverse committee that would help LCBH to improve its mental health and behavioral health service facilities. This poster, presented at the Each Mind Matters conference, illustrates the participatory evaluation of the project.
The AB 86 North Santa Clara County Student Transition Consortium (STC) encompasses the Foothill-De Anza Community College District service area located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Its mission is to coordinate and integrate programs, create linkages, and develop regional plans to better serve the educational needs of adults in the region. This comprehensive plan outlines the consortium’s objectives in accordance with Assembly Bill 86, the Adult Education Consortium Planning Grant. This plan received the highest score in the state.
This report highlights the key priority health issues for the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities of Santa Clara County. It is a compilation of data collected through surveys in multiple languages, focused community conversations and interviews with key community stakeholders that encompasses the following areas: general health and healthcare access, sexually transmitted infections and sexual health, social and self-acceptance, mental health and substance use, safety and violence, and social service needs.