SJSU professors and students participated in a major study of immigrants in Santa Clara County in 2000, which was published as Bridging Bordershttp://www.immigrantinfo.org/kin/index.html. It gained fame as the "Santa Clara model" for determining how immigrants interacted with a wide variety of public and private services and eventually helped them gain access and improve their lives in the community. It also served as a model for staging such a study across many ethnic, linguistic, and economic groups.
In 2010 the Silicon Valley Center for Global Studies (http://svcgii.sjsu.edu/) received funding from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to conduct a similar but smaller survey of immigrants in San Mateo County, just to the north. The research team, led by Dr. Mark Correia (email@example.com), spent several months visiting neighborhoods, NGOs, public agencies, and service providers in order devise a methodology. They are now conducting interviews and administering questionnaires and expect to finish their work by summer 2011. Their results, which will be published in limited edition and posted here, should be comparable with those of Bridging Borders.
The SVCGS is also in talks with Santa Clara County to mount a new, smaller study as a follow-up to Bridging Borders. This will also include a reanalysis of the raw data from 2000, longitudinal comparisons between the two dates, and comparisons between the two counties. Dr. Ed Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org) is lead researcher on this study.
An analysis of the mental health services provided to youth in juvenile detention facilities.
Analysis of the utilization and quality of mental health services provided to California's Healthy Families (low-cost children's insurance program)
Evaluation of an innovative Parent Partners Program, and tracking of post-emancipation youth outcomes in Contra Costa County's child welfare services. These activities are related to the county's 5-year grant from the Children's Bureau entitled "Systems of Care to Improve Outcomes in Child Welfare Services."