The Peer Technical Assistance Network values peer-to-peer engagement. It is part of our mission to encourage peer-to-peer sharing of information about innovative TANF programs and to generate opportunities for easy networking among TANF stakeholders. This Peer Connections section of the website is dedicated to the facilitation of these peer exchanges through an Innovative Programs section highlighting a number of successful programs dedicated to helping TANF participants achieve self-sufficiency and building relationships between and among TANF stakeholders through a comprehensive Field Connections listing.
All of the innovative programs listed here have been alphabetized. The newly added innovative programs will be featured in the What’s New section of the OFA Peer TA website homepage for the first 30 days after submission.
These innovative programs have been successful in helping Temporary Assistance for Needy Families’ participants achieve self-sufficiency and may help facilitate the creation of peer-to-peer matches between and among States. Programs listed here are currently in operation and have been updated as of July 31, 2019. You can view program profiles to learn about these innovative programs.
If you are interested in nominating your program to be included here, you can fill out the nomination form.
Creating opportunity to build relationships and crafting collaborative space for sharing information and peer learning is critical to the Peer TA Network’s mission. The Field Connections section has been structured for ease of use by TANF stakeholders and organized into five categories of connections: Federal Connections, State Connections, Tribal Connections, University and Research Centers, and National Associations.
This listing is a directory of federal agencies that can often influence the work of TANF stakeholders, i.e., Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, and the United States Department of Agriculture. You can view the complete directory of Federal Connections.
This section highlights a variety of state agencies that administer self-sufficiency programs from around the country, employment programs, and supportive initiatives for low-income families. You can view the complete directory of State Connections.
This is a listing of the nationally recognized tribal entities from around the country that administer their Tribal TANF programs. You can view the complete directory of Tribal Connections.
University and Research Centers:
This section highlights a selection of university and research centers and philanthropic organizations that conduct independent research on self-sufficiency programs, employment initiatives, low-income and working families, and child and family well-being. You can view this directory of University and Research Centers.
This listing highlights a number of national associations that reflect the field of self-sufficiency and workforce development. You can view this directory of National Associations.
Recently Asked Questions
A representative from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) notes that in 2013, ACF clarified that TANF funds could be used to provide access to computers and the internet for needy parents (see https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ofa/resource/q-a-use-of-funds?page=2).