RPIC Region I

Connecticut • Massachusetts • Maine • New Hampshire • Rhode Island • Vermont

About RPIC

The federal Office of Community Services (OCS) funds the Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia (RPIC), which aims to expand the existing Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training, and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Network.  This cooperative agreement supports an ongoing state and regional strategy for collaboration, capacity-building, and exemplary practice in the CSBG program and among State Community Action Agency Associations.  There are eleven RPICs across the country.  CAFCA has served as the lead organization for Region 1 (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT) since the first interation of the RPIC program in 2011.

Mission

The central mission of the 2016-2017 RPIC strategy is to ensure that states, State Associations, and CSBG-eligible entities utilize and adhere to all aspects of the CSBG Performance Management Framework, including organizational standards and Results-Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) Next Generation efforts, thereby improving accountability, creating learning organizations, and achieving the best possible results for low-income people and in distressed communities.  

Major focus goals

Goal 1: Maximizing and Aligning T/TA Resources across State CSBG Lead Agencies, State Associations, CSBG-eligible entities, and national technical assistance grantees to meet the needs of the CSBG Network in each state. 

Goal 2: Helping State CSBG Lead Agencies and CSBG Eligible Entities Implement, Meet, and Exceed Organizational Standards in areas such as consumer input and involvement, community engagement, community assessment, organizational leadership, board governance, strategic planning, human resource management, financial operations and oversight, and data and analysis. 

Goal 3: Encouraging a Learning Culture that Embeds ROMA Next Generation in State CSBG Lead Agencies, State Associations, and CSBG-eligible entities in the region. 

Goal 4: Disseminating Information in a timely manner to all State CSBG Lead Agencies, State Associations, and CSBG-eligible entities. 

Resource links

Region I Virtual ROMA Round Tables

In an effort to bring together Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers and Implementers in Region I to share resources and best practices of ROMA implementation in their agency and state, the Region I RPIC kicked off its virtual Regional ROMA Round Table initiative on April 27th. Barbara Mooney, National Peer to Peer (NPtP) Network, discussed the new draft ROMA cirriculum and talked about how valuable feedback from NCRTs and NCRIs in the field is around the new materials. National partners are looking for any suggestions on how to improve the new draft content. To listen to the webinar recording, click here. To download the PPT slides, click here.

Next Steps: As a way to help facilitate future discussions around ROMA-NG and provide feedback to national partners, NCRTs and NCRIs in Region I are using these draft materials when applicable in their training sessions over the next few months. The group will reconvene on July 13th at 2:00 p.m. to provide feedback and discussion. Materials can be viewed by clicking on the Network Login tab on the ROMA website by clicking here.