Training & Technical Assistance
Program evaluation plays an important role in CB-funded projects and programs. A wide range of stakeholders rely on program evaluations to answer important questions about things like program design, capacity, collaboration, implementation, participation, service delivery, and effectiveness.
Training & Technical Assistance Network
Our Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Network provides states, tribes, courts, and other facets of the child welfare system with assistance in meeting federal requirements, reaching desired outcomes, and using monitoring systems and more to promote safety, permanency, and well-being for children and families. Specifically, the T&TA Network provides T&TA, research, and consultation on an array of federal requirements such as the Child and Family Services Reviews.
The T&TA Network provides both onsite and offsite T&TA. Onsite assistance might cover several weeks or months and comprise multiple visits; offsite assistance might consist, for example, of conducting a policy review or responding to a request for materials in a specific practice area. The Network has an open-door policy for making T&TA requests. Requesters may do any of the following to seek assistance:
- Contact the Training and Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TTACC), which coordinates the Network’s T&TA requests: https://www.ttaccportal.org
- Talk directly with one of the T&TA Network members
- Contact an ACF Regional Office (for a list of ACF Regional Offices and the states they serve, visit the ACF website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/oro)
- Complete the On-Site T&TA Standard Request Initiation Form, which appears on the TTACC Information Portal at https://www.ttaccportal.org
For a full list of T&TA Network members and their contact information, view the Children’s Bureau Training and Technical Assistance Network 2013 Directory (PDF - 465 KB).
CB’s 11 National Resource Centers (NRCs) provide T&TA in specific focus areas with the goal of helping agencies, managers, family and juvenile courts, and other child welfare professionals better serve children and families.
CB funds four organizations that offer information and T&TA to help states, tribes, policymakers, and child welfare professionals improve services, programs, management, and more.
CB funds three National Quality Improvement Centers that generate and disseminate research and knowledge in specific focus areas with the goal of helping agencies, managers, workers, and other child welfare professionals with service delivery.
CB has established National Resource Centers to support statutorily mandated programs and provide services to grantees.
To help implement the strategies, information, and evidenced-based practices made available through the T&TA Network, CB funds five Implementation Centers with regional coverage.
CB and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration co-sponsor an NRC with a specific focus on substance abuse related to child welfare.
The Administration for Children and Families and the Center for Mental Health Services co-sponsor two T&TA centers with a specific focus on mental health.