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The Community Action Risk Mitigation Blog Series: #6

Collaboration Checkup: Assessing & Improving Your Community Partnerships is a toolkit developed to help the Community Action Network better understand the functioning of partnerships so they can more effectively develop and nurture those that have a measurable impact in local communities. – pertains to CSBG Organizational Standard 2.1.

Appreciative Inquiry Process for Strategic Planning

Springfield Partners for Community Action uses the Appreciative Inquiry Process for strategic planning that builds upon an organization’s underlying strengths and values to create a vision for the future building on what worked best in the past.

Community Assessment Resources

Needs assessment studies are one component of the Results Oriented Management and Accountability cycle. This process is a key feature of an agency’s planning and evaluation process that relates to ROMA National Goal #5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results.

Community Assessments – Examples of CAA Needs Assessment Reports

Needs assessment studies are one component of the Results Oriented Management and Accountability cycle. This process is a key feature of an agency’s planning and evaluation process that relates to ROMA National Goal #5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results.

Duluth Blueprint to End Poverty Initiative

Community Action Duluth created the Duluth Blueprint to End Poverty Initiative as a Call to Action to generate community involvement and support to build economic prosperity and hope for every citizen of Duluth.

Establishing Effective Workforce Development Programs

The Massachusetts Association for Community Action has published a Resource Guide on Establishing Effective Workforce Development Programs to help Community Action Agencies and others in their efforts to assist individuals in moving toward self-sufficiency.

Webinar Recording: Non-Profit Sustainability

This webinar introduced a strategic decision-making model that considers both money and mission, and creates a compelling visual tool for board and staff leaders concerned with organizational sustainability.

CAFCA Strategic Plan Framework

The Connecticut Association for Community Action has developed a Strategic Plan Framework depicting the organization’s Mission/Value/Position, Targeted Results Linked with National ROMA Goals, and CAFCA’s Annual Operating Plan.

Living Wage Calculator

The Living Wage Estimator helps reflect poverty rates among the working poor for use with public policymaking and planning, as well as advocacy initiatives.

Living Wage Campaign Resources

Efforts to promote living wage job opportunities combined with efforts to help families meet basic living expenses such as food, housing, childcare, transportation, and health care are vital toward achievement of ROMA National Goal #2: The Conditions in Which Low-Income Live are Improved.

On-Line Needs Assessment Survey

LKLP Community Action Council uses an On-Line Needs Assessment Survey as a method to gain information for use in developing priorities and strategies as part of the agency’s annual planning process.

Quality Review Process

The Fayette County Community Action Agency established a Quality Review Process as a mechanism to promote continuous improvement in all aspects of the agency.

Resources for Nonprofit Boards

BoardSource is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors.

Rooting Out Poverty: A Campaign by America’s Community Action Network

The Community Action Partnership has issued the Rooting Out Poverty Report to serve as the bedrock of a national campaign with suggested strategies for local action to promote a more just, more economically stable, more future focused national policy that helps people and communities reach their full potential.

Rural Family Economic Success

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has developed Rural Family Economic Success to help rural families increase their income, stabilize their financial lives, and acquire assets and build wealth.

Statewide Needs Assessment Study

The North Dakota Community Action Partnership established a Statewide Needs Assessment study to help Community Action Agencies evaluate the needs of and services for low-income individuals and families.

Strategic Communications Planning

As stated by the SPIN Project, a strategic communications plan has the power to transform an organization: both in terms of your credibility and status in your community, and in terms of the way you work together as a team to achieve your mission and vision for your community

Strategic Planning Toolkit

The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies has published this toolkit to provide a simple framework and tactical tools to aid in real time planning.

Unified Organizational Structure

The Fayette County Community Action Agency developed a unified organizational structure in order to create integrated agency services and to maximize efforts dedicated to accomplishing the agency’s mission.