TheOregon CASA Network (OCN) is focused on improving a child’s well-being and ensuring basic human dignity for children in the care and custody of the state while increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of each independent CASA organization.
Part of this mission is to ensure that state funding is distributed to the 29 CASA programs in Oregon in a manner that achieves maximum effectiveness. After several years of allocating state funding using the same formula, network members are examining options that potentially could stretch the state dollars to serve more children.
The OCN has established a partnership with a team from the University of Oregon’s Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM). The team has undertaken a project to review the current formula for allocation of state dollars to local CASA programs with the goal of making recommendations to the OCN about alternative funding formulas. They are preforming this review under the auspices of the PPPM Capstone Project, a terminal project which allows 2nd-year MPA students to serve as consultants for public or nonprofit agencies under the guidance of a faculty member. Student teams use their applied research skills to answer important policy or management questions for the client agencies. This team has four members, Jim Fleck, Alejandra Garcia, Becky Megerssa and Melissa Robinson and will be supervised by Professor Jessica Greene.
Network members are scheduled to hear the results of this Capstone Project in May of 2012.
For more information or to find out more about Court Appointed Special Advocates contact your local CASA organization or visit www.casaforchildren.org.
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