CAFCA: A Regional Performance & Innovation Leader
CAFCA serves as a lead organization under the Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia (RPIC), funded by the federal Office of Community Services (part of the Administration for Children and Families).
This cooperative agreement supports an ongoing state and regional strategy for collaboration, capacity-building, and exemplary practice in the CAA network.
There are 11 RPICs across the country. CAFCA has served as the lead organization for Region 1 (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT) since the first iteration of the RPIC program in 2011.
As the lead, CAFCA’s role is to serve as a regional focal point for T/TA and capacity building activities across New England.
2019 - 2022 RPIC Focus & Goals
The current three-year RPIC grant cycle focuses on assisting states with:
- Identifying, highlighting, and supporting multi-year community transformation initiative efforts that move individuals, families, and communities towards increasing human capacity and sustaining self-sufficiency; and,
- Organizational standards and ROMA implementation.
The RPIC will also work with the CSBG Center of Excellence (COE) for Human Capacity and Community Transformation (HCCT).
Through this partnership, RPICs will support community transformation efforts rooted in the HCCT National T/TA strategy and strengthen linkages within state specific communities to foster long-term growth of individuals, families, and communities.
The RPIC assists State agencies leading Community Services Block Grant efforts (“CSBG Lead Agencies”; in CT, this is the Department of Social Services), State CAA Associations and CAAs with four major goals:
- Maximizing and aligning HCCT T/TA resources and coordinating regional T/TA Plans;
- Identifying and highlighting capacity building practices for State CSBG Lead Agencies, State Associations, and CAAs to share and promote cross-learning throughout the identified region;
- Organizing, implementing, and participating in national or regional T/TA activities designed to address the collaboration, capacity building, and exemplary practice needs of the CSBG Network to support the full implementation of the CSBG HCCT; and,
- Helping State CSBG Lead Agencies and local CAAs 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.
For more information about RPIC, contact Kelley Hall at Kelley@cafca.org.