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.
From the university perspective, research resources are enhanced by the relationships established by BASSC. Faculty members from participating universities engage in funded research activities that lead to scholarly productivity via peer-reviewed publications and opportunities for proposing larger studies with rigorous designs.
Another distinct function of BASSC is the use of a network to promote creativity and innovation.
Finally, BASSC provides a regional platform to address statewide policy issues and to mobilize the resources of the members that exceed those of any individual.