The Leveraging America’s Social and Economic Resilience TANF Learning Community (LASER TLC) initiative builds upon the legacy of policy academies and learning communities, which OFA has conducted over the past two decades. It is grounded in the principles of knowledge building, peer learning, and team building. The LASER TLC provides technical assistance (TA) and support to state, county, and tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs in addressing the challenge of human services delivery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The overarching theme— Reimagining TANF Programs to Support Family Economic Independence and Mobility in a Post-COVID World—includes three key focus areas: New Economic Realities; Evolving and Responsive Systems; and Building a Post-Pandemic Workforce. Each participating TANF agency considered this overarching theme and these focus areas as they designed their initiatives.
The LASER TLC is an intensive TA initiative that partners with the selected 10 LASER site teams, individually and collectively, to help move their change agendas forward, improve their service delivery systems, and ultimately advance equitable outcomes for the families they serve. Over the last 18 months, a team led by BLH Technologies in partnership with Mathematica supported the 10 site teams with dedicated coaches as they used the LI2 framework to formulate their innovation and change agenda and strategize how to implement their action plans.