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Building Evaluative Capacity through a Focus on Key Components of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)/Community Action Agency (CAA) Model, 2016 - 2020

Project Overview

This project worked closely with the Office of Community Services (OCS) to assist in building capacity among the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) network - including state and local agencies - for evaluating the CSBG model and approach. The CSBG’s mission is to provide assistance to states and local communities, working through a network of Community Action Agencies (CAA) and other neighborhood-based organizations, for the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals to become fully self-sufficient.

Through scans of current practices and research literature as well as consultations with stakeholders and experts, this project explored key conceptual issues related to the evaluation of the CSBG model. To better understand the range of approaches CAAs take to leverage CSBG funds to build a broad base of funding, the project conducted preliminary analyses of data states report to the federal government as part of their required reporting about CSBG-funded activities.

The contractors were the Urban Institute.

The point of contact is Kim Clum.