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.