Beyond those doing the analysis and writing, a document like this appears only through the sustained efforts of three groups of people: those preparing the data, those providing formal comments and formal reviews, and those responsible for the technical preparation of the manuscripts. We wish to acknowledge the help of all three groups here.
Specifically, we wish to thank the large and talented group of RAND programmers who have worked on various components of this project under the leadership of Jan Hanley. They include Christine DeMartini, Rodger Madison, Laurie MacDonald, Craig Martin, Beth Roth, Debbie Wesley, and Shaoling Zhu. Research assistants on this project include Dionne Barnes, Glenn Daley, Caroline Danielson, Wesley Hartman, Alison Jacknowitz, Oscar Mitnik, Julie Mortimer, Sarah Remes, and Marika Suttorp.
We have been helped in understanding the data at the state level by Aris St. James, Paul Smilanick, Tom Burke, Joeana Carpenter, and at the county level by the current and former County Coordinators in each of the six focus counties: Mark Woo and Jim Cunniff, Alameda County; Denice Dotson, Butte County; Marlene Pascua, Fresno County; Althea Shirley, Los Angeles County; Kathleen Stark and Inslee Pitou, Sacramento County; and Kay Riley and Jolie Ramage, San Diego County. Similarly, current and former senior staff in CDSS and its Research and Evaluation Branch—Eloise Anderson, Rita Saenz, Bruce Wagstaff, Charlee Metsker, Jo Weber, Werner Schink, Lois VanBeers, Nikki Baumrind, Larry Carr, Joeanna Carpenter, Michael Pearson, and Webb Hester—have supported our efforts in ways both direct and indirect and too numerous to mention.
Within RAND, we have benefited from the formal review of David Loughran and the external review of Maria Cancian of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition, this document incorporates the efforts and comments of many other members of the RAND research staff.
Finally, a document such as this emerges because of the dedicated behind-thescenes efforts of secretaries and publications staff members. They receive the document late and are expected to make up the time in their activities. They have handled the time pressures with grace and charity. Secretaries working on this document include Christopher Dirks, Natasha Kostan, and Patrice Lester.