CSBG Data T/TA Project Summaries FY 2010
State Exemplary Practices Projects Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
State Exemplary Practices Projects
Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families
New York State Community Action Association, Inc. (NYSCAA)
New York State Community Action Association
2 Charles Boulevard
Guilderland, NY 12084
Telephone: (518) 690-0491
Ms. Denise L. Harlow, Chief Executive Officer
New York State has 52 Community Action Agencies, all of which are members of the New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA). The NYSCAA provides a range of training and technical assistance services for its members, including: networking, advocacy and public education on poverty issues.
Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds
The New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA) will identify exemplary implementation, dissemination and sustainability projects in the two areas of: (a) job creation and green jobs, and (b) community economic development. NYSCAA’s project, “Identifying and Documenting Excellence in Action (IDEA),” will develop a survey instrument, a scoring methodology, and criteria to assess potential exemplary practice models. The IDEA project will research and document the characteristics of Community Action Agencies that are implementing exemplary practice models and factors which affect model replication. Dr. Mansoor Kazi, Research Associate, Professor and Director of the Program Evaluation Center at the University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work, will partner with NYSCAA in developing field-tested program reliability scales.
The NYSCAA will publish an IDEA Project Report which will catalogue and improve the information available on exemplary practices in jobs creation, green jobs and community economic development programs within New York’s Community Action Agencies. NYSCAA will share the IDEA Project Report with all 52 New York Community Action Agencies and at least 25 Community Action Associations, as well as with State and national partners. NYSCAA will develop a set of recommendations to the Office of Community Services regarding exemplary model assessment strategies and training and technical assistance needs identified through the IDEA project.