Community Action and Accountability
Community Action, as part of its original mission in the 1960s and, currently, through the federal Community Services Block Grant, is the only congressionally-established network of agencies given the mandate of addressing the causes and conditions of poverty in the United States.
In response to the Government Performance and Reporting Act of 1994, Community Action began implementation of the outcome-based management system known as “ROMA,” or results-oriented management and accountability, which focused on documenting the achievements of outcomes created or fostered by Community Action in three focus areas: Individuals/Families, Communities, and Agencies.
Mandated reporting to state and federal agencies on the outcomes achieved by program participants; positive community change fostered by agency initiatives and partnerships; and the improvements in agency management and service-delivery processes brought about by this management system began in 2001. A set of indicators of community action performance were created to allow for the aggregation of national outcome data in 2005. Annual reports including this national data are available at the website of the National Association of State Community Services Programs.
Use of the “ROMA Cycle” was adopted by the network in 2006 to ensure that a results-orientation was used in all aspects of agency operations: assessments, planning, implementation, observation and documentation of results, and evaluation of impact.
The community action network is currently developing “ROMA Next Generation” to strengthen the performance management culture of Community Action.
“…ROMA Next Generation is about more robust data analyses to enable agencies to more effectively connect people and distressed communities with the services needed to achieve specific outcomes”
“ROMA Next Generation asks agencies and states to establish a better understanding of what services produce the best outcomes for specific family groups and communities”
“ROMA Next Generation will ensure that agencies and states are using their data to focus their limited resources on what works best to achieve Community Action’s long-term goals of self-sufficiency and revitalized communities.” – www.roma1.org
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2015 State CSBG Factsheets
From the AR FFY 2014 Community Services Block Grant Information System Survey
CSBG NETWORK PARTICIPANTS
Arkansas administers CSBG to 16 agencies in 100% of AR counties
75% of AR families served were in poverty, below 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
27% of AR families served were in severe poverty, below 50% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
The CSBG Network provided services to 215,838 low-income individuals in Arkansas.
Vulnerable populations served included:
46,999 people with disabilities
75,621 people who lacked health insurance
Nationally, over 1,000 agencies receiving CSBG funding provided services to 15.9 million individuals with low incomes.
Of the 6.9 million families nationwide, 71.43% of those families were living in poverty, below 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
CSBG NETWORK RESOURCES
For every $1 of CSBG, the AR Network leveraged $5.48
from state, local, and private sources, including the value of volunteer hours*
$0.49 Value of Volunteer Hours
$0.49 Value of Volunteer Hours
CSBG funds allocated in support of the AR CSBG Network
AR Network’s non-CSBG total funded
$12.37 per $1 of CSBG
Additional federal dollars leveraged per every $1 of CSBG
*Value of Volunteer Hours calculated using federal minimum wage, except in those states with a higher minimum wage.
CSBG PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES FOR ARKANSAS
Below is a subset of the AR Network’s 929,300 outcomes, including indicators of movement toward self-sufficiency and community revitalization.
Participants with low incomes in CSBG Network employment initiatives obtained supports which reduced or eliminated barriers to initial or continuous employment, acquired a job, increased their income, or achieved “living wage” employment and benefits.
11,436 Economic Asset Enhancement and Utilization
Households with low incomes increased their financial assets or financial skills.
59,660 Child and Family Development
Infants, children, youth, parents, and other adults participated in developmental or enrichment programs facilitated by the CSBG Network and achieved program goals.
101,909 Independent Living for Vulnerable Populations with Low Incomes
Vulnerable individuals with low incomes received services from the CSBG Network and secured or maintained an independent living situation as a result.
205,588 Family Stability
Participants with low incomes obtained supports which reduced or eliminated barriers to family stability through assistance from the CSBG Network.
424,233 Emergency Assistance
Individuals and families with low incomes received emergency assistance from the CSBG Network.
450,536 Community Opportunities and Resources
Community opportunities or resources were improved or expanded for people with low incomes as a result of CSBG Network projects or initiatives, or partnerships with other public and private agencies.
29,165 Community Empowerment
Community members and people with low incomes mobilized to engage in activities that support and promote their own well-being and that of their community as a result of CSBG Network initiatives through maximum feasible participation.
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