4 RSVP Re-Competition An Overview for RSVP Grantees May 2010
5 Webinar Purpose To share key information, facts and timelines for RSVP Re-Competition To review the Pre-Competition Evaluation Report that is required in the Serve America Act To invite feedback
6 Webinar Agenda 1. Edward M Kennedy Serve America Act and changes introduced for Senior Corps programs overall 2. Review Requirements Governing RSVP Re- Competition 3. Review Pre-Competition Evaluation Report 4. Explore other Tools for Project Self- Evaluation 5. Look at Next Steps 6. Ask for your questions and feedback.
7 RSVP Re-Competition Why? Because of… Reauthorization of the Corporation for National and Community Service and its Programs in the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
8 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act Enacted April 21, 2009 Reauthorizes and expands national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service by amending the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (NCSA) and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 (DVSA).
9 Changes Specific to Senior Corps Programs in the Serve America Act Minimum age for SCP and FGP from 60 to 55 Income eligibility raised from 125% to 200% of the federal poverty level Federal Share of hourly stipend may not exceed $3. Competition for RSVP by 2013
10 Changes Specific to Senior Corps Programs in the Serve America Act The biggest change for Senior Corps is re-competition in the RSVP grant portfolio So…What does this mean?
11 RSVP Re-Competition Facts Re-competition begins in fiscal year 2013 for the first time Re-competition will be phased in during fiscal years 2013, 2014, and 2015 Successful grantees can receive an additional 3 year renewal grant Re-competition continues as the standard protocol after it is introduced beginning in 2013 Before re-competition occurs, CNCS must provide RSVP grantees with TTA materials
12 Serve America Act Requirements Governing RSVP Re-Competition Grants remain at the same level of Federal Funding The number of RSVP volunteers serving remains the same going into the competition The geographic service areas remain the same Disruption of volunteers is minimal
13 Who is Working on RSVP Re-Competition? A team of RSVP Project Directors, CNCS Field Staff and CNCS HQ Staff was assembled to work on RSVP Re-Competition. Each Cluster is represented. Thank-you Re-Competition Team!
14 RSVP Re-Competition Working Group Project Directors ClusterProject Director Name and State AtlanticDorian Ely, New York Joanne Kozak, Pennsylvania Susan Conteras, Rhode Island North CentralBarb Byrne, Illinois Dave Layton, Illinois Nancy Olson, North Dakota Ceil Sperzel, Indiana PacificMegan McCarthy, California Brian Ropp, Washington Kelley Wessels, Oregon SouthernDebra Bressler, Virginia Cheryl Freeman, Florida Betty Ruth, Alabama SouthwestRita Massey, Louisiana Delores Schwertner, Texas Amy Websdale, Arizona
15 RSVP Re-Competition Working Group CNCS Staff Atlantic ClusterMary Strasser, SPD, PA Yvonne Thomas, FFMC, PA North Central ClusterPaul Schrader, NC Area Manager, OH Pacific ClusterAmy Jo Dailey, SPD, OR Southern ClusterJackie Bishop, SPD, AL Southwest ClusterKira Weis, SPS, NM HeadquartersSenior Corps staff Tom Bryant, OGC Nathan Dietz, RPD Susan Rice, OGM
16 Timeline: When does RSVP Re-Competition Begin? Re-Competition is implemented by Class: Grant numbers beginning with 10 compete in fiscal year 2013 Grant numbers beginning with 08compete in fiscal year 2014 Grant numbers beginning with 09 compete in fiscal year 2015
17 What Happens Prior to Re-Competition? The Serve America Act requires CNCS provide an evaluation that ….conveys information of program strengths and weaknesses and assists with program improvement; and be used as the basis for program improvement, and for the provision of training and technical assistance. (Sec.2143.(5)(A)(B)
18 About the Pre-Competition Evaluation Each grantee will receive a customized report – also known as the Evaluation Reports are for the benefit of the projects and not for CNCS They will not be used to: Weed out underperforming sponsors Prevent participation in re-competing Will not add to or subtract points from the rating of the next application The evaluation reports are for the benefit of grantee self improvement and will not be used by CNCS.
19 When will RSVP Grantees Receive their Customized Pre-Competition Evaluation Reports? Timeline Projects will receive evaluation reports based on their grant renewal years: Pre-Competition Report Schedule: 2008 Grants: September 2010 2010 Grants: September 2011 2009 Grants: September 2012
20 What is included in the Pre-Competition Evaluation Report? Components of Pre-Competition Evaluations A Pre-Competition Report from Senior Corps A Community Stakeholder Survey
21 Component 1 Pre-Competition Evaluation Report Each report includes several chapters: Chapter 1. Application Quality: A summary of the strengths and suggested improvements from the 2nd-reviewer process based on the sponsors last grant renewal Chapter 2. Progress and Compliance: A summary of performance measures progress and compliance – as assessed in the most current Monitoring Assessment Checklist Chapter 3. Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Recommendations for project improvement with links to resources
22 Component 2 of the Pre-Competition Evaluation The Community Stakeholder Survey The survey helps answer these questions: Does RSVP: Strengthen the community? Provide leadership in the area where they are experts? Provide valuable and rewarding volunteer assignments? Engage in the broader community?
23 Component 2 (continued) The Community Stakeholder Survey: Was developed with the input of RSVP Project Directors and the public comment through the OMB process. Is a systematic way for sponsors– using the projects advisory council, sponsor board, or other group familiar with the RSVP project about the RSVP project - to gain insight and feedback from the community. More ideas about how to deploy the survey and use the results will be shared at the RSVP workshop at the National Conference. The important thing to remember is the survey is for the projects self improvement. The survey is administered locally by the project and results stay with the project. CNCS does not review or analyze results of the survey.
24 Other Tools and TTA Resources Available Now RSVP Re-Competition Online TA Guide: http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/r svp-online-resource-guide http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/r svp-online-resource-guide Catalog of TTA materials prepared to help RSVP grantees prepare for re-competition. CNCS Website: http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/serv eamerica/index.asp http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/serv eamerica/index.asp The Serve America Act Additional documents will be posted as they are developed.
25 Learning Opportunity!!! What?RSVP Re-Competition Session at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service Where?New York City When?June 28 – 30, 2010
26 Whats Next? June 2010 RSVP Re-Competition Workshop at the National Conference Summer 2010 Post-Conference Webinar Summer 2010 Public comment period begins on proposed RSVP Regulations update July 2010 The first class (with 08 grant numbers) receive the Community Stakeholder Survey to administer in their communities September 2010 The first class (with 08 grant numbers) receive their Pre-Competition Evaluation Reports Ongoing Updates as needed
27 We want to hear from you Please email your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org@cns.gov
31 State Staff Action Items Prior to Conducting the Webinar for Your RSVP Grantees Customize email template for each RSVP grantee with: Their dates for re-competition and evaluation report The date and time for the webinar in your state The link to the WebEx Meeting Request webinar be set up by Cluster WebEX License Holder Phone number for conference call. Request conference call be set up by Admin Services Send an email invitation to the RSVP Sponsor ED and Project Directors. Each State Office will decide if a separate webinar is needed for PD and ED or if there will be one webinar.