The evolution of BASSC research can be captured in three major phases.
An evaluation of the effect of BASSC exploratory research identified several factors related to the dissemination and utilization of research findings (Dal Santo, Goldberg, Choice, & Austin, 2002).
BASSC members found that many important research studies in the areas of child welfare and welfare-to-work programs were being conducted elsewhere in the country.
The most significant difference in the research agenda for BASSC since 1995 is the increased focus on the dissemination and utilization of evidence for practice.
Although researchers are skilled in the process of information gathering and synthesizing, BASSC recognizes the limited capacities of researchers to identify relevant implications for practice.
Dissemination and utilization have become the focal point of a growing initiative in the BASSC county human service agencies to promote the organizational changes needed to improve service delivery through the use of evidence-informed practice.
As an intermediary organization between universities, agencies, and foundations, BASSC and organizations like BASSC are ideally suited to help facilitate the transformation of public human services organizations from traditional bureaucracies to learning organizations.
The current BASSC research and practice agenda reflects some of the advantages of an intermediary organization as it expands its regional platform for promoting change in the conduct of university research and agency practice.
As an intermediary organization, the BASSC influences research and practice by serving several distinct functions, including the following: enhancing research resources, using a network of relationships to promote creativity and innovation, and providing a regional forum to address statewide policy issues.
Each year doctoral- and master's-level students are involved in the BASSC research studies as graduate research assistants, and their involvement exposes them to a unique research-policy-practice partnership that significantly complements their fieldwork and course work experiences in addition to building publication records.
BASSC is not required to contribute to TRS except when teacher salaries are paid from federal and special trust funds, in which case, there is a small employer payment obligation.
The cooperative does not adhere to GASB 45 accounting rules in reporting OPEB costs and liabilities as BASSC officials consider the amounts involved to be immaterial.