Office of Community Services Division of State Assistance COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT (CSBG) Technical Assistance Coordination Strategy Training and Technical Assistance Coordination Efforts March 2, 2012
Topics • OCS Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Strategy • Building on the Foundation – Restructuring CSBG T/TA • Goals for Transparency and Coordination • Web-Based Technical Assistance Strategies • The Role of State CSBG Agencies • Future Directions
Historic CSBG TA Infrastructure CSBG Discretionary Funds National Technical Assistance Grants State and Local Grants EITC Grants to Community Organizations (43 grantees in 08 12 grantees in 07) Special State TA (3 Grantees) Virtual CAP (CAA of VA) CSBG Governance (CAP) CSBG Data & ROMA (NASCSP) CSBG Legal (CAPLAW) ROMA Certification Train-the- Trainer (CAA of SE PA) State Association Capacity Grants (48 Grantees) CSBG Crisis Intervention (Meliora Partners) Healthy Marriage Grants (5 Grantees) in 2007
Performance Management Clearinghouse and Data Grants 10 Regional Performance and Innovation (RPI) Consortia Grants State CSBG Lead Agencies Risk Mitigation and Quality Assurance Technical Assistance Center State Associations of Community Action Agencies Office of Community Services (OCS) Governance and Legal Technical Assistance Centers Community Action Agencies (Eligible Entities) National Centers of Excellence
National Technical Assistance Priority Areas • Performance Management and Data – build upon Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) system and the National Performance Indicators (NPI) that are used to assess program performance. • Governance and Legal Technical Assistance – Routine governance and legal compliance issues faced by the majority of CSBG-eligible entities (e.g. board governance, human resource planning, and financial management standards). • Risk Mitigation and Quality Assurance – Assess and mitigate risks within CSBG, primarily focused on local entities with significant performance deficiencies, such as significant audit issues, lack of corrective action based on audit findings and State monitoring findings. • Centers of Excellence –National project to identify and disseminate exemplary practice models for specific service areas (.e.g. community economic development, leadership development).
Current Regional Technical Assistance Model • 10 grants in alignment with ACF regional structure. • Consortia of State technical Community Action associations and techincal assistance organizations with one lead grantee per region • Coordinate activities designed to strengthen the ability of State CAA Associations to leverage resources; • Promote and sustain relationships between State CAA Associations and the corresponding State CSBG Lead Agencies; • Increase the capacity of State CAA Associations to address the broad T/TA needs of CSBG-eligible entities. • RPIs will work in partnership with OCS and established national technical assistance centers focused on performance management, governance, legal compliance, and risk mitigation and quality improvement. • RPIs will support promotion of innovative practices through collaboration with national CSBG Centers of Excellence.
CSBG TA Grants Upcoming Changes • New grants management system – Grantsolutions • New discretionary grants system implemented • Mandatory grant system under development • Training and Technical Assistance Resource System • New ACF & OCS Website with Additional Information • Success Stories • State assessments • Information on CSBG formula • Ongoing focus on CSBG data sets, data submission process – ROMA
Mechanisms for Improved Coordinationof Training and Technical Assistance • Work Plans • In Person Meetings • Conference Calls and Videoconferencing • Joint Events and Products • Improved Web Infrastructure (i.e. technical assistance request system) to help facilitate distribution of work products.
CSBG Training and Technical AssistanceCollaborative Work Products • Utilize new web infrastucture (i.e. technical assistance request system) to help facilitate distribution of work products. • Encourage and facilitate the joint development of work products, webinars, and events. • Encourage and facilitate the use of Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia to disseminate work products and to promote adaptation through training and events.
CSBG Training and Technical AssistanceThe Role of States • State Strategic Plan for Technical Assistance • Strategic use of CSBG discretionary resources for State • Coordination with and Utilization of Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia and State Associations • Coordination with web-based technical assistance system