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States Leading the Way: Practical Solutions that Lift up Children and Families

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and the adults in their lives to educational success, economic security, and health and well-being. Practical State Solutions profiles effective solutions from Ascend partners throughout the United States and the work driven by leaders in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland,Minnesota, Tennessee, and Utah. It contains recommendations on processes that lead to better outcomes for families, lessons learned on engaging and bringing families to the table as empowered experts, and information on how to move to the next level whether you are starting your 2Gen journey or working to go deeper

2-Gen Principles to Practice

The Minnesota 2-Generation Policy Network is a collaborative of state agencies, counties local organizations, and tribal nations in Minnesota, designed to advance two-generation approaches to policies and practices that improve outcomes for children and parents together. From a two-year period of this inter-agency and cross-sector effort, the network established a set of guiding principles–define the “how” of two-generation work. This tool intends to surface strengths and opportunities for moving these principles into practice for those who create policy or manage programs that affect families.The principles are equally important and interrelated; as you go through the tool, you may find that practices in one principle rely on practices in another. They are presented in no particular order.

Community Action Economic Mobility Initiative Design Plan

This Community Action Economic Mobility Initiative Design Plan is meant to help your team think through and detail the essential elements of your whole family approach. It is organized by Components – and each Component section asks you to answer a set of questions. Answering all the questions will produce a “picture” of your effort – and a better sense of the work you have ahead of you. As you complete this design plan, you may find there are things you have not yet thought about, or challenges you don’t yet know how to address.

Crosswalk of the CSBG Organizational Standards and Head Start Performance Standards

This crosswalk is intended to be a practical tool for CAAs, highlighting ways that board and staff members can leverage the intersection between the two sets of requirements to demonstrate compliance with the rules of both programs.

CAAs are encouraged to use the Crosswalk, which is an editable spreadsheet, to track internal compliance efforts. The Introduction to the Crosswalk provides a brief overview of the CSBG Organizational Standards and the Head Start Performance Standards, as well as suggestions on how to use the Crosswalk.

CAPturing the Power of the Sun

While low-income communities have not been included in most of the deployment of clean energy technology, Greater Bergen CAA in Hackensack, NJ has developed an award-winning community solar energy enterprise. Recognized by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council as the 2015 Community Renewables Project of the Year, CAP Solar has installed 2 MW of solar power on 36 non-profit buildings.

Minimizing Organizational Risk in Energy Programs and Partnerships

Presentation from the 2018 CAP Management and Leadership Conference from the NASCSP energy team. Discusses roles and responsibilities of various levels within the network and at an agency with strategies to minimize risk at the agency level.

Case Study: Fresno EOC Single Family Solar

Overview of the CA solar program coordinated with WAP using Cap and Trade dollars.

Case Study: Health Homes at NECAC

Overview of NECAC’s program coordinating WAP with environmental assessments and asthma education.

Case Study: United CAP Cooperation with Co-Ops

Overview of efforts for MN Weatherizers to coordinate WAP and energy counseling utilizing Co-Op funding.

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 – Strategic Planning: Setting the Course for the Agency

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 training can be after Assessment, or after Creating Local Theory of Change. This is a brief introduction to concepts of “planning” and “strategic planning” to identify the elements of the planning process that are included in the Organizational Standards.

ROMA for Boards Training Series – Creating a Local Theory of Change

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 training can be done before Assessment, between Assessment and Planning, or at several other places in the series. This is a brief introduction to the idea of “whole agency” approach and getting the Board to articulate their assumptions about what the agency is supposed to be achieving.

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.

 

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