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Bay Area Social Services Consortium: Research Response Team
The Policy/Research/Training Partnership between Bay Area Counties and Universities


Introduction  |   The Bay Area Social Services Consortium, (BASSC), founded in 1987, is an organization composed of the Bay Area County Social Service Directors, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the van Loben Sells Foundation, and the five Bay Area social work programs.

Coordinated by a U.C. Berkeley faculty member, Michael J. Austin, BASSC has the objective of developing educational programs (Executive Development Programs through the University of California Extension, and Child Welfare and Human Service Training through the Bay Area Academy at San Francisco State University), applied research projects (Center for Social Services Research, U.C. Berkeley), and policy analysis and implementation. For more information about BASSC's history and organization, download BASSC's 15th Anniversary Brochure or visit the Mack Center website.

The BASSC Research Response Team, located in CSSR and coordinated by Sarah Carnochan, was developed in 1995 to respond to the emerging needs of county agencies for rapid information about their changing environment. Small-scale applied research projects are undertaken in close collaboration with agency administrators and line staff.

To search for BASSC publications, click on the "Publications" link shown in the left navigation bar. On the Publications page, you will be able to search our database for BASSC publications by subject, category, author, title and date of publication.

NOTE:   "Education for Foster Children: Removing Barriers to Academic Success" is now available for free download!

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