2005-06 RFA Questions and Answers

Question:

Our CAT is almost two years old and although we have one scheduled for May or June, obviously it will not be completed in time to be used for this application. Our FSSR Board and our CTC Board merged in July 2003, partially as a result of our 2003 CAT process.  We are not even the same collaborative and the 2003 CAT is not reflective of our current status. Should we use the 2003 CAT for the application and just indicate what has improved or not, in terms of our own self assessment?

 

Response

Where appropriate, results from the 2003 CAT process should be reviewed and reflected within the application.  The collaborative, in completing the system change section and infrastructure development plan of the application, should discuss what has been accomplished from the 2003 process and what issues remain.  Using the results from this discussion, the collaborative can then identify the work to be undertaken to achieve their infrastructure development goals.  If the discussion among the collaborative partners is open and inclusive it will probably yield information similar to the upcoming May or June CAT results. 

 

 

Question:

I saw (and heard) reference to program outcomes, as well as community outcomes, yet there are no dollars for programming? What program outcomes are you asking us to identify and report?

 

Response:

Using the Outcomes Framework, collaboratives are asked to identify one or two community outcomes upon which to focus their efforts and develop a solid process for tracking and reporting their outcome results.  The outcome area and indicators identified in the community outcome chart would be restated in the program-level outcomes chart, since programs are the catalysts that improve community-level indicators.  Collaborative partnerships have the responsibility to identify and engage existing program and/or services operating within the community that impact the outcome indicator selected. 

Each program and/or service engaged needs to establish its own program-level outcome goals that will impact the broader community outcome goals established by the collaborative.  These identified existing programs and/or services (there may be many) must be integrated and work collectively if improvement is to occur with the broader community outcome.  Data reports related to their program-level outcomes will be submitted to the collaborative partnership at regular intervals enabling them to assess progress on the identified community-level outcome.

 

Question:

It would appear that given several community events and obligations during mid May the critical members of our team who we had identified to send (if approved) to the Community Agenda Training will not be available. Can we use training funds to bring this training to our community and involve our entire collaborative?

 

Response

Funds available through this grant can be used to support professional development/training opportunities among collaborative partners at the local level.  To be cost effective, members are encouraged to take advantage of educational opportunities offered through the Center for Schools and Communities.  Collaboratives are encouraged to develop a comprehensive training plan to build capacity among all members.  In the event conflicts arise with scheduled training dates a mechanism should be in place to bring back and share training information among all members. 

Should a grantee determine that a specific training is important enough in the growth and development of its members, replicating that training at the local level can take place.  This process can be expensive and can use a large portion of available training resources.  Should this strategy be undertaken, grantees are encouraged to partner with others within the community to subsidize the training event and engage other systems/providers outside the collaborative to attend.