CARR is always in need of volunteers to help us mine public data; the day that Mr. Dylan Petersen found us, we got very lucky. He heard the task we wanted him to explore, and he was off and running. Dylan's volunteered in the spring of 2016, preceding his May graduation when he received his B. S. in statistics from San Diego State University, graduating with summa cum laude honors.
CARR strives to develop and grow itself as an evidence-based advocacy organization. And evidence means numbers and data mining. As an intern with CARR, Daniel's job was to use his technical background to analyze and process data that could be used to answer real-world questions related to CARR’s advocacy goals. He first took the raw, unformatted datasets provided by the California Secretary of State and the Community Care Licensing Division (CCL) and formatted the data making them easy to interpret and extract information.
While earning our degrees (2007), Chris and I (Chrisy) met in a long-term care policy class. Both of us were conducting research on the assisted living care option for our thesis project. Ongoing, we shared our concerns about how little information was available on this long-term care option and individual facilities. But, it was not until we began reviewing the state's public files that we truly understood the scope of the problem and became motivated to do something.
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Are you interested in investigative research? Are you passionate about elder justice or government transparency? Are you curious about our aging population and how it affects policy? Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) is a San Diego-based, advocacy organization dedicated to improving resident care in assisted living facilities by educating consumers and increasing industry accountability. Our work is exclusively based on the public documents we harvest from California’s Department of Social Services and other state and local agencies since 2009. We are a small team with a novel perspective and a lot of enthusiasm.
CARR receives help, encouragement and money from a wonderful group of volunteers and donors who have identified with CARR's mission and the work we do. Individuals have stepped up to the plate offering us donations, time, great ideas, and new strategies for our continued work. Thank you! Thank you! Special Thanks to the members of our Board; without you we could not function. Kudos! Danke! Merci! and in 100 other languages thank you for your support. You help us grow and your support helps us achieve our mission.