Resource Library

Board Engagement Webinar Series

This webinar series was developed to assist Community Action Agencies (CAAs) with board engagement including recruitment and development, capacity building, and advocacy strategies.

Board Capacity Building for CAAs

This presentation overviews assessment tools for boards and strategies for strengthening board capacity.

Advocacy for CAA Boards

This presentation overviews key skills and characteristics boards need to engage in advocacy work. Relevant resources are also provided.

Board Recruitment & Development for CAAs

This presentation overviews effective board recruitment strategies and provides key resources available to CAAs.

Bridging to Equity: Developing a Community Approach to Racial Equity

The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. (CAB) shares their Community Action Plan process fueled by their agency values, highlighting both needs and assets of the community while creating their local poverty snapshot. This board-led process, based on a commitment to engage with those who normally “don’t come to the microphone” as part of town hall meetings, allowed for the agency to learn and listen deeper through Listening Circles and Pop Up Poverty Conversations. CAB shares how they engaged with community, how they prepared for the process, what was highlighted in their Community Action Plan and what they did with what they learned, thus far.

Training & Orientation Tools for Public & Private CAA Tripartite Boards

These presentations and tools were created by CAPLAW through a collaboration with the Organizational Standards Center of Excellence in response to a need in the network for training and orientation materials.

Empowering Your Board to Lead: Resources for Board Training and Orientation

Board members, whether seasoned or recently elected to the board, need tools equipping them to take on the responsibilities of overseeing a Community Action Agency (CAA)’s operations and programs. This webinar highlights new resources, developed by CAPLAW in collaboration with the Community Action Partnership, on tripartite board roles and responsibilities, one for public CAAs and the other for nonprofit CAAs, as well as a series of four guides that help boards of CAAs with Head Start programs implement specific governance requirements that overlap between the CSBG Organizational Standards and the Head Start Performance Standards.

ROMA for Boards Training Series – Community Needs Assessment

This training is one of a series of seven training modules designed specifically for Community Action Agency Boards on the Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) cycle.These trainings are meant to be adapted by agencies to use in whatever way best engages Boards in the discussion about the ROMA cycle, either as short stand alone segments or to be joined together in as a full day workshop. Taken together, this training series will provide sufficient information for participants to be able to

Understand the foundational concepts that will help local agencies and the entire CSBG network increase their performance measurement and management capacity so that the Community Action National Goals are accomplished.
Recall and describe the basic elements of the Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) principles and practices
Discuss how all the elements of the ROMA Cycle, Organizational Standards and the Performance Management Framework work together
Understand how to meet and exceed Organizational Standards by greater focus on the ROMA Cycle

ROMA for Boards Training Series–Introduction to Implementing the ROMA Cycle

This is a series of trainings based on material produced by the Community Action Partnership and the Association of Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers. They are designed to be either short stand alone segments that could be presented at a Board meeting, or to be joined together in as a full day workshop or Board Retreat session. It can be done in conjunction with other Board training activities¸ or could be provided to Board Members as a “take home” activity (where they would view the power point and read the notes independently).The guides are designed to be adapted to use however best engages Boards in the discussion about Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA).

ROMA for Boards Training Series – Implementation of Services & Strategies

This training is one of a series of seven training modules designed specifically for Community Action Agency Boards on the Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) cycle.These trainings are meant to be adapted by agencies to use in whatever way best engages Boards in the discussion about the ROMA cycle, either as short stand alone segments or to be joined together in as a full day workshop. Taken together, this training series will provide sufficient information for participants to be able to

Understand the foundational concepts that will help local agencies and the entire CSBG network increase their performance measurement and management capacity so that the Community Action National Goals are accomplished.
Recall and describe the basic elements of the Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) principles and practices
Discuss how all the elements of the ROMA Cycle, Organizational Standards and the Performance Management Framework work together
Understand how to meet and exceed Organizational Standards by greater focus on the ROMA Cycle
This specific training is bout helping the Board understand key elements of the actual work of the agency. In this training, Board members will learn some questions that they can ask to help them understand how the agency’s strategic plan will be implemented.

CSBG T/TA Resource Center

This website is a resource for the Community Action Network to access an array of information and assistance designed to support efforts in serving low income families and addressing the causes of poverty in local communities.

Organizational Standards 2.0 Webinar – Category 5: Board Governance

This webinar is part of the Organizational Standards 2.0 Webinar Series designed to provide continuing support for agencies to meet (and exceed) the Organizational Standards. This session addresses Category 5 and covers discussion topics and technical assistance on the following: Questions about the interpretation of individual Standards, Documentation requirements to show compliance with the Standards, Accessing available technical assistance resources and requests for new resources, Promising practices to help agencies go “beyond compliance” to improve their management and operations.

Dynamic Duo: A Guide to Enhancing the Board & Executive Director Partnership

This guide was created in partnership with CAPLAW to address the points about board and executive director relationships that are unique to Community Action Agencies. Sections include: roles and responsibilities, communication, executive transitions, board development and board. The guide also includes additional resources to help boards and executive directors nurture their relationship.

Organizational Standards Technical Assistance Guide – Category 5: Board Governance (Public)

his is the technical assistance guide for Public CAA’s on Category 5 of the CSBG Organizational Standards, focusing on Board Governance. Each of the nine categories has a separate guide for both public and private agencies. These guides provide public agencies with the information they need to be both compliant and high performing in accordance to each standard.

Organizational Standards Technical Assistance Guide – Category 5: Board Governance

This is the technical assistance guide for Category 5 of the CSBG Organizational Standards, focusing on Board Governance. Each of the nine categories has a separate guide for both public and private agencies. These guides provide agencies with the information they need to be both compliant and high performing in accordance to each standard.

 

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