Samantha Spangler, PhD Director of Evaluation and Research
Dr. Samantha Spangler is Research and Evaluation Director for the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. Dr. Spangler has 15 years of experience in research, analytics, and evaluation, including work with academic, government, corporate, and non-profit organizations. Dr. Spangler completed a fellowship in interdisciplinary autism research at the UC Davis MIND Institute and has previously worked as a consultant to state and local governments nationwide to provide planning, implementation, and evaluation support for health and human services initiatives. She provides expertise in research and evaluation design and execution and works with organizations to understand how they can continuously improve the quality of their services and outcomes for the populations they serve.
MOQA (Measurements, Outcomes, and Quality Assessment) is a county-driven, DHCS-supported effort to improve statewide reporting on outcomes resulting from programs supported through Mental Health Services Act (MHSA, Prop 63) funds. CIBHS supports DHCS and California counties in designing measures, creating tools, collecting data, and building reports in a consistent fashion across the state. Currently, MOQA is focused on data collection for Suicide Prevention (SP) and Stigma and Discrimination Reduction (SDR) programs.
CIBHS is currently coordinating data collection for the California Consumer Perception Survey. The resulting information is used to evaluate programs and to fine-tune services to ensure the best outcomes for consumers and families.
Program performance and outcome evaluation are critical support activities for the implementation of Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs). Over the past decade, CIBHS has developed and supported outcome evaluation for implementation of EBPs in mental health, juvenile justice and child welfare agencies and providers across the state. Data are collected in three primary areas: demographics of clients served, service delivery information, and achievement of outcomes.
CIBHS provides data collection/management and evaluation services to a range of clients including counties, community-based providers, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and other government agencies such as commissions and oversight bodies as well as doing special projects, focused studies, and foundations – both quantitative as well as qualitative analysis. Evaluation of evidence-based practice implementation, fidelity, outcomes, and effectiveness as well as consumer experience of care surveys are two major components of the team’s works.