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CSBG 2015-16 Application Process Needs Assessment, Logic Model, and Work Plan Office on Volunteerism and Community Services, Office of Community Services.

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1 CSBG Application Process Needs Assessment, Logic Model, and Work Plan Office on Volunteerism and Community Services, Office of Community Services January 20, 2015

2 Application Content 1.Community Services Block Grant Application coversheet - (CSBG A-01) 2.Certification of Required Documentation - (CSBG A- 02) 3.List of Grantee Board of Directors - (CSBG A-03) ◦ Need to have plan for vacancies 4.Certification of Needs Assessment - (CSBG A-04)

3 Application Content (cont’d) ◦5.Budget Summary - (CSBG A-05) – 2 Tabs - Federal CSBG and TANF ◦6. Program Budget–Non-CSBG Match(CSBG A-06) ◦7.Funded Positions by Program Area -(CSBG A-07) – Federal CSBG and TANF ◦8.TANF Non-Assistance Expenditures Budget -(CSBG A-08)

4 Application Contents (cont’d) ◦ 9. TANF Budget Documentation Worksheet - (CSBG A-09) ◦ 10. CSBG Estimated Outcomes – (CSBG A-10)  New form that matches the reporting form, insert targets for each outcome, and outputs that feed into outcome. ◦ 11.Sub-Grant Summary Sheet – (CSBG A-11) If necessary ◦ 12. Logic Model and Workplan – (CSBG A-12)

5 Areas that have changed A-04 (Cert of needs assessment) ◦Listing primary needs in each service area  Some may be same in multiple areas  Some may be needs you can’t address personally ◦ Needs shouldn’t match your programs 100% ◦ Must lead in region on finding solutions to needs (partners, planning)  These needs will feed into the logic model  Do not focus on the # ◦ 4 is a minimum, give a good feel for what is needed

6 Areas that have changed A-10 CSBG Estimated Outcomes ◦No listing of $’s per output ◦New reporting form used  Added target columns  Added instruction to list (in “other” area) the outputs that feed up into outcome (the NPI)  Enables alignment (make sure outputs with correct NPI)  Able to use same form throughout

7 Areas that have changed A-12 (Logic Model and Workplan) ◦New addition ◦Process Needs Assesment Logic Model Workplan Needs Assessment reviewed for changes next year Logic Model reviewed, feedback given and changes made before contract Workplan reviewed, feedback given and changes made before contract

8 Timeline DateActionResponsible January 21-Mar. 31Develop Application materials CAA (contact OVCS for assistance) April 1Application Due Submit 2 hard copies, 1 electronic to OVCS CAA April 1 – April 20All feedback sent by OVCS to CAA’s OVCS May 15All changes made and approved by OVCS CAA (approval by OVCS) June 30 Date depends on notification of funding Contract preparationOVCS

9 Key points to consider Needs Assessments address all needs ◦Constantly improve your processes to get the best information possible ◦Always conduct a review after to discuss strengths/weaknesses

10 Key Points to Consider Logic Model preparation requires needs, operations, and measurement to complete ◦This is first year for this requirement. You will need to begin thinking about improvement to this as soon as this application is submitted.  OVCS expectation will be higher next year ◦Requires input of multiple stakeholders  Is it realistic, measurable, and clear?

11 Key points to consider Workplan operationalizes the Logic Model ◦OVCS expectations for next year much higher ◦As detailed as you need to easily track success/challenges ◦How all needs are met (identified, may be by partners)

12 Logic Model Logic Model is often confused with the work plan ◦LM is a support for planning and carrying out the plan ◦Logic Model shows Changes that occur because of your activity  Connects the operation of the program to measurable outcome

13 Logic Model Group Exercise You will be given information for your group (you can create your own) Follow the format of the Logic Model Template from left to right ◦Focus on creating clear needs/problems and giving practical but innovative steps for meeting the needs ◦Follow format ◦Take the time to really discuss, and list problems/questions you came across

14 Logic Model Group Exercise Each group will report out for 3 to 5 minutes ◦ We will discuss NPI matchup These sample Logic Models will be sent out as resources to the Network

15 Getting to a Workplan Needs assessment fed into Logic Model Logic Model shows what we want to happen (the change) Workplan is how we get there, and how we know we’ve arrived

16 Attachment 2 (Workplan) Attachment 2 of the CSBG Application Instructions ◦A list of the elements expected in the Workplan

17 OVCS Expectations All identified needs addressed ◦Tied to existing or new programs ◦Partners identified for those you can’t serve  Includes agreements/resources needed, or those you have and how used  Plan for building additional resources/partners Clear, measurable, impactful outcomes ◦Outputs feed up into an outcome ◦Long-term outcomes have a review process Specific, detailed ◦Anyone that reads this should know what you’re doing and why

18 OVCS Expectations Responsibilities assigned Timelines for completion of elements Who will track progress and how? ◦The reports people receive, how used ◦Processes for review of information ◦Evaluation methods

19 Elements of the plan Programs/activities/strategies The objective of each program (outcome) ◦How it was derived ◦Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound Who are you targeting? How are customers identified? ◦Marketing of program (traditional, social media) Means of measuring outcomes ◦Specific tools, people responsible ◦Types of data  Who will review it  How its evaluated ◦Concerns, things to develop

20 Elements of the plan Consider using a Responsibility Chart with Timeline ◦Break down to individual tasks, person responsible, support people needed, when due ◦There will be upfront burden/work this year, but should become a regular update in future

21 Elements of the Plan Individual program descriptions ◦How they fit into the agency mission ◦How they tie specifically to the outcome and the need

22 Ultimate requirements All applications must have a logic model and workplan ◦Feedback will be given ◦CAA’s must address/respond to feedback ◦Technical assistance will be available  This process should be constructive and will result in better contract documents

23 What is the point? Eventual goal is that you can provide this workplan to anyone, and they can clearly know what you are doing and how ◦For our office, this will enable us to understand program needs, what we should be expecting to see in reporting, and ways to target training/additional resources

24 Final thoughts Your workplan is a tool. Develop it as such Spend appropriate time on development ◦For this year, there is an understanding that this will be a first step  Next year, your workplan should be an instructive and useful guide to all things CSBG (and CSBG- related)

25 Thank you! Questions? Contact


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