Toolkit Framework

To address emerging issues and encourage TANF stakeholders to adopt a holistic approach to serving families, the Urban Partnerships Initiative Online Toolkit was structured to reflect an ideal TANF life cycle. Organizing innovative programs and practices along the continuum of TANF services allows users to consider service delivery from multiple perspectives along the path to self-sufficiency.

The Intake section highlights strategies for barrier removal, while the Case Management section covers agency management and partnerships, among other topics. The Work Attachment and Work Retention sections introduce novel approaches for engaging participants in work and retaining gainful employment. The Transitional Services section offers strategies for connecting participants to supports beyond TANF to enable them to reach self-sufficiency.

Organizing Framework: TANF Life Cycle
Tools for Practitioners and Program Administrators
Intake Case Management Work Attachment Work Retention Transitional Services
  • Outreach
  • Eligibility
  • Diversion
  • Child support enforcement
  • Case management practices
  • Agency management
  • Supportive services
  • Work activities
  • Work readiness activities
  • Job search and job placement
  • Job coaching and incentives
  • Access to work supports
  • Strategic job placement for advancement
  • Training for retention and advancement
  • Government/community engagement supports
  • Financial supports

In addition to descriptions of programs and details about how policies and procedures changed within agencies, the toolkit presents a suite of materials that can be adapted by agencies nationwide to enhance policy, operations, and practice. These tools include memoranda of understanding, resource lists, curricula, funding strategies, regulations, procedures, and assessment instruments. These items can contribute to a solid foundation for the implementation of successful practices, allow for expansion of existing services, and link agencies to other organizations to partner for improved service delivery.