The Learning Communities Resource Center
A project of the LCRC, The Learning Community is comprised of topical Learning Community Groups (LCGs) which consist of a cadre of agencies that are currently working on a program or service delivery strategy related to specific anti-poverty focus areas. Learning Community members meet monthly, either virtually or in-person (conferences) and assist each other by:
- Discussing “what works”;
- Sharing data findings;
- Solving problems; and
- Offering support for implementing new ideas, unmet needs, new organizational goals, or proving that a strategy works
- Decreasing Family Homelessness: Increasing affordable housing in safe neighborhoods and expanding shelter supports, emphasizing systems level transformation and policymaking to maximize statewide outcomes.
- Results at the Community Level: Understanding what community level needs, outcomes, and strategies are and how to observe and document change at the community level.
- Health Intersections: Exploring the connections within the health sphere to address the social determinants of health.
- Cultivating Data-Centered Organizations: Making the case for the need and impact of data-centered organizational culture.
- Financial Empowerment for Families: Designing strategies to help families with low and moderate incomes stabilize their financial lives and rise above poverty.
- Integrated Services to Improve Impact: Identifying and implementing approaches and best practice solutions to service integration to meet the needs of customers or particular target populations so that efficiency is improved and outcomes are enhanced.
- Whole Family Approach to Economic Mobility from Poverty (Whole Family Approach LCG): Enhancing knowledge about two generation approaches and considering new practices to meet the needs of parents and children together, so that outcomes are enhanced for parents, children, and families as a whole.
Communities of Practice:
- Whole Family Approach to Economic Mobility from Poverty (Whole Family Approach COP): This COP, like the Whole Family Approach LCG will focus on a whole family approach to economic mobility from poverty, but will engage CAAs who are ready, or have already taken decisive steps forward to shift to a whole family approach on a larger scale. (See Appendix A for additional information on the Community of Practice.)
- Rural IMPACT: (Enrollment closed) This demonstration project focuses on the implementation of two-generation approaches in rural and tribal places, and will end in June of 2018.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation awarded a grant of $250,000 to the Community Action Partnership (Partnership) to design and implement the Community Action Economic Mobility Initiative. With this funding, the Partnership will offer CAAs a multi-tiered system of support that builds their capacity to pursue a new approach to help families achieve mobility from poverty.
This multi-tiered system has been designed to coordinate with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Community Services, Community Services Block Grant Learning Communities Resource Center. As part of the Community Action Economic Mobility Initiative, training, technical assistance, and other support will be offered to CAAs with varying levels of readiness to pursue integrated services and a whole family approach (two-generation approach).
One new Learning Community Group – the Whole Family Approach LCG , an intensive Community of Practice – Whole Family Approach COP , and a Whole Family Institute will be offered to CAAs interested in pursuing integrated services and/or a whole family approach.
The CSBG TTA Resource Center is a wonderful compliment to The Learning Community as it is the “clearinghouse” for a broad array of resources to assist Community Action with its important anti-poverty work. The Resource Center allows for electronic submission of requests for T/TA, ensures the coordination of resources, and allows experts to meet the T/TA needs of the CSBG Network. It hosts a consultant bank; a resource bank which provides a broad array of evidence-based, evidence-informed and exemplary program practice models; a shared calendar; and a discussion forum. A valuable tool, the Resource Bank includes information, toolkits, webinars, articles and other information focused on a full range of services to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities served by the CSBG Network.