What is The Learning Community?

The Learning Community is the hub for the CSBG Network to share innovative approaches and access proven strategies to move families and communities forward. Comprised of topical Learning Community Groups (LCGs), members of The Learning Community consist of a cadre of agencies that are currently working on a program or service delivery strategy related to specific anti-poverty focus areas.

Learning Community members meet either virtually or in-person and assist each other by:

  • Discussing what works;
  • Sharing data findings;
  • Solving problems; and
  • Offering support for implementing new ideas, unmet needs, new organizational goals, or proving that a strategy works

What Are The Focus Areas of The Learning Community?

All participants in The Learning Community will be members of one or more Learning Community Groups (LCGs).  LCG members will receive specialized T/TA and guidance from peer experts and subject matter experts to help facilitate their learning process. The LCG environment is structured to be open and conducive to experimentation, so that participants are provided the flexibility needed to decide which methods work best for the needs of their individual agency. Eventually all LCG successes, as well as lessons learned, will be shared with the entire CSBG Network. Learning Community Groups are organized into three levels of engagement: open LCGs, intensive LCGs, and communities of practice. The group descriptions can be found below:

Learn More About the Members of the 2018 Learning Community

Over 150 Community Action Agencies representing all 11 regions across the nation are members of the 2018 cohort of The Learning Community. Click on the links below to take a closer look at the agencies and associations that are participating:

Featured Resources

Anti-Poverty Practice Series: Rural IMPACT Case Study

Highlighting best practices from Allegany Human Resource Development Commission and Family Futures Downeast.

Anti-Poverty Practice Series: Financial Empowerment for Families Case Study

Highlighting best practices from Baltimore City CAP, Capstone Community Action, and CAP of Orange County.

Anti-Poverty Practice series: Bundling Services to Improve Outcomes Case Study

Highlighting best practices from Community Action, Inc., Enrichment Services Program, and Douglas County CARES.

Anti-Poverty Practice Series: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Alleviate Poverty Case Study

Highlighting best practices from Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Fresh Finds — New Resources for the Learning Community

July 1, 2019
Dear Colleagues: Here are some resources you can use…  Youth-level Outcomes and Measures for System Responses to Youth Homelessness This...
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Fresh Finds — New Resources for the Learning Community

June 17, 2019
Dear Colleagues: Here are some resources you can use… Online Work Readiness Assessment (OWRA) Funded by the U.S. Department of...
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Fresh Finds — New Resources for the Learning Community

June 3, 2019
Dear Colleagues: Here are some resources you can use…   Employment Coaching Program Snapshots This Office of Planning, Research and...
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In Focus Vol. 34 – Strategic Partnerships: Streamlining Services while Helping Families

April 25, 2019
By: Caterina Bummara, MPP, Senior Manager, Project Management   The views expressed In Focus are exclusively those of the individual...
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In Focus Vol. 33 – Tribal Transit Innovations: Reducing the Burden of Remoteness

April 18, 2019
By: Janetta Deppa, Senior Technical Project Management Analyst     The views expressed in In Focus are exclusively those of...
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In Focus Vol. 32 – Time for Bed! Helping Teens Get the Sleep They Need

April 11, 2019
By: Lonna Hays, Manager   The views expressed in In Focus are exclusively those of the individual authors and do...
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In Focus Vol. 31 – Being Trauma-Informed Also Means Taking Care of Yourself and Your Staff

April 5, 2019
By: Jessica R. Kendall, JD, Senior Manager   The views expressed in In Focus are exclusively those of the individual...
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In Focus Vol. 30 – The Opioid Epidemic and Employment Part 2: Solutions Across Systems

March 28, 2019
By: Kristin Abner, Ph.D.   The views expressed in In Focus are exclusively those of the individual authors and do...
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In Focus Vol. 29 – The Opioid Epidemic and Employment Part 1: Background and Connections

March 21, 2019
By: Sam Sloate, Research Data Analyst     The views expressed in In Focus are exclusively those of the individual...
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In Focus Vol. 28 – Collaboration between the Government and Social Enterprise Organizations: Supporting Families to Self-Sufficiency

March 8, 2019
By: Kathy Karageorge, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Research Scientist   The views expressed In Focus are exclusively those of the individual...
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In Focus Vol. 27 – Integrating Labor Market Information (LMI) into Workforce Development Strategies

March 1, 2019
By: Melissa Canu, Senior Associate & Alix Naugler, Research Scientist   The views expressed In Focus are exclusively those of...
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In Focus Vol. 26 – Social Enterprise: A Growing Opportunity for Human Services Organizations

February 28, 2019
By: Courtney Barthle, Director of Social Policy & State and Local Projects   The historic notion that the socioeconomic landscape is...
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In Focus Vol. 25 – Supporting Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities and Special Needs

February 8, 2019
By: Laura Arnold, Ph.D., CFLE & Colette Tano, M.P.P.       Being a parent of a child with developmental disabilities...
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In Focus Vol. 24 – Encouraging Healthy Food Choices for SNAP Participants

January 25, 2019
By: Ryan Laychak, Research Data Analyst     The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest nutrition assistance program...
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In Focus Vol. 23 – Access to Healthcare for Low-Income Individuals

January 18, 2019
By Gabi Kirsch, Research Data Analyst     For people struggling to make ends meet, access to healthcare is an important...
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