Collaboration and Partnerships

This section provides information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families on how State and county welfare, social service, and welfare to work agencies can work together to assist low income families.

RESEARCH AND EVALUATIONS - 2008 ARCHIVE

This section provides resources on how community based organizations - such as employers, non-profits and faith-based organizations - can become involved in welfare reform.

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Directory of Foundation Workforce and Economic Development Grants, October 2008

Organizations that focus on workforce development and job training are a significant asset to their communities. Many corporate and private foundations see the value in these community organizations reaching their neighbors and want to help. This new resource, from the U.S. Department of Labor, can help bridge the gap between funding and services for many community organizations. This directory provides a detailed list of private and corporate foundations that provide grant opportunities to FBCOs that are looking to further their workforce development and job-training programs.


The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, October 2008

The Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families has released critical documents to inform State, Tribal and Territorial Title IV-B and IV-E agencies and Indian Tribes and Indian Tribal Organizations of the enactment of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 and to provide basic information about the provisions of this law.

For more information, please see: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/info_services/ACYF-CB-PI-08-05.pdf


Sustaining Grassroots Community-Based Programs Toolkit, September 2008

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released an effective toolkit for sustainability ideas and practices for faith-based and community organizations. It covers topics such as financial planning, fund development and raising, evaluations, and marketing strategies.

For more information, please see: http://www.nami.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NAMILand/EXCSMA08-4340SAMSHAToolkit.pdf


Community Collaboratives Addressing Youth Gangs: Interim Findings from the Gang Reduction Program, May 2008

This report was funded through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the U.S. Department of Justice and completed through the Urban Institute. The Gang Reduction Program is an initiative that is focused on reducing crime associated with youth street gangs in four urban areas across the United States. This report offers findings from the implementation process and outcome evaluation of the initiative.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/411692_communitycollaboratives.pdf


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Employer Outreach/Business Partners

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Faith-Based Organizations

Lessons Learned from Grantees: Creating Communities of Hope, Innovation, Productivity, and Prosperity, December 2008

This resource is from the U.S. Department of Labor on how workforce investment board (WIBs) and faith-based and community organization (FBCO) grantees have worked effectively together. Such partnerships can transform the performance and capacity of the workforce system, communities, and regional economies. The grantees have developed programs that can help local communities align resources, support families with multiple barriers in transitioning into the workforce, and sustaining and growing collaboration.

For more information, please see: http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1593&context=key_workplace&sei-redir=1&referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Furl%3Fsa%3Dt%26rct%3Dj%26q%3Dlessons%2520learned%2520from


Reentry Partnerships: A Guide for States & Faith-Based and Community Organizations, December 2008

The U.S. Department of Labor, Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Council of State Governments Justice Center published this resource for state government officials and representatives of faith-based and community organizations. This guide offers information on how to create and sustain collaborative efforts to reduce recidivism and to help people returning to the community from prisons or jails lead productive and law-abiding lives.

For more information, please see: http://reentrypolicy.org/jcpublications/reentry_partnerships_guide;file


Partnering with Faith-Based and Community Organizations: A Guide for State and Local Officials Administering Federal Block and Formula Grant Funds, October 2008

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives just released the above document and the Center at The Department of Labor is pleased to pass it along to you. This document provides one more vital resource for the Faith-Based and Community Organization (FBCO) community. Previous works from both DOL as well as other federal agencies have highlighted working with the U.S. Government, local businesses and other community organizations. The publication provides one more tool for FBCOs to use. The guide provides practical information for State and local officials, as well as tribes and tribal-serving organizations, on developing and enhancing effective partnerships with FBCOs.

For more information, please see: http://www.hhs.gov/fbci/Tools%20&%20Resources/Pubs/guide.pdf


Accessibility and Stability of Nonprofit Service Providers: Faith-Based and Community-Based Organizations in Urban and Rural America, June 2008

Social services promoting work activity and greater personal well-being—such as job training, adult education, child care, substance abuse or mental health services, and emergency assistance—have become a central component of the safety net that assists low-income families. This report was funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and provides data from a survey of 1,200 faith-based and secular nonprofit social service agencies. The results show FBOs that integrate religious elements into service delivery and secular nonprofit organizations are more accessible to poor populations than FBOs that do not integrate religious elements into service provision. FBOS are currently providing the safety net to support TANF leavers on a path to self-sufficiency.

For more information, please see: http://aspe.hhs.gov/fbci/comp08/Allard.pdf


Partnerships That Work: Preliminary Findings from the TANF Faith-Based Community Organization Initiative, June 2008

Authored by ICF International, this paper was funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. The paper presents the preliminary findings from an ongoing U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sponsored study of successful TANF and Faith-Based and Community Organization partnerships. First, overviews of five partnerships are presented, then common themes among them are identified, and finally the implications are discussed for possible future collaborations in social services provision for low-income and at-risk families.

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Understanding the Roles of “Faith” and Faith-Based Organizations in the Delivery of Drug Treatment Services, June 2008

This presentation was given by the Rockefeller Institute as part of the Eleventh Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference that is sponsored through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. The study was designed to understand whether and how religiosity in substance abuse treatment programs increases, decreases, or has no impact on their effectiveness in treating patients.

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The Quiet Revolution- President’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative: A Seven-Year Progress Report, February 2008

This report, from the White House, provides an overview of the President’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative. The Initiative was developed in 2001 by President Bush to help eliminate government barriers inhibiting partnerships with faith-based and community organizations. This report gives a seven year overview of the Initiative’s progress.

For more information, please see: http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/fbci/The-Quiet-Revolution.pdf


Renewing Communities, Restoring Hope, Transforming Lives, 2008

This report is funded through the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). CFBCI works collaboratively with DOL agencies to fulfill the Department’s fundamental goal of creating a prepared and competitive, safe and secure American workforce. To accomplish this, CFBCI empowers faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) that help individuals in their communities prepare for, enter, and thrive in the workforce. CFBCI’s goal is to help more Americans overcome barriers to employment, find jobs, and advance in employment through the unique work of local FBCOs. This mission is important for TANF stakeholders to learn information about partnering with their WIA and DOL counterparts to better serve America’s families.

For more information, please see: http://www.vaservice.org/uploads/public/Resource_Library/Faith-based_Community_Organizations/Dept_Labor_Report.pdf


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Non-profit Organizations and Foundations

Building Leaderful Organizations: Succession Planning for Nonprofits, April 2008

This resource is from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and provides information on succession planning for nonprofit organizations. Specifically, agencies should focus on aligning staff development with its vision, mission, and goals. Such alignment can ensure agency stability by building a strong foundation for staff, including executives and managers.

For more information, please see: http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Other/B/BuildingLeaderfulOrganizationsSuccessionPlann/Building%20Leaderful%20Organizations.pdf


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Universities and Community Colleges

Expanding College and Job-Skills Opportunities in Western Maine, March 2008

This issue brief was part of the Strengthening Rural Families initiative from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Rural Family Economic Success (RuFES) framework is “Earn it, Keep it, Grow it,” and designed to help families increase their income, stabilize finances, and build assets. Specifically, this piece looks at Franklin County, Maine, which developed a consortium of local partners to bring community college courses and other job-skills training to the area.

For more information, please see: http://www.aecf.org/~/media/PublicationFiles/maine4%208%2008%20FINAL.pdf


Lessons from Research on Welfare Training Programs and Two Promising Community College Strategies, February 2008

Recent research shows that when work and education programs are combined, low-income families have improved outcomes. This research is from MDRC and provides evaluation information from programs that include education components to increase earnings of low-wage workers. Specifically, performance-based scholarships can have a large positive effect on academic achievement among a single-parent student population that faces multiple barriers to completing college.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/publications/472/full.pdf


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