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The State of Poverty
The State of Poverty
The State of Poverty
NASCSP
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2015 NASCSP Annual Training Conference

2015 NASCSP Annual Training Conference | Sacramento, CA

Listed below are the documents and presentations given by the Department of Energy (DOE), the Office of Community Services (OCS), national partners, and NASCSP members and staff at the 2015 Annual NASCSP Conference held in Sacramento, California from September 16-18. Presentations are listed according to the day and session in which they were delivered.

Wednesday, September 16 | Thursday, September 17 | Friday, September 18

2015 NASCSP Annual Conference

Wednesday, September 16

NASCSP Annual Training Conference

Conference Opening and Welcome
Presenters: Presenters: Bill Brand, Administrator, IA Department of Human Rights, NASCSP Board President; Jenae Bjelland, Executive Director, NASCSP; Diana Dooley, Secretary, CA Health and Human Services Agency; Holly Mitchell, Senator, CA; Linné Stout, Director, CA Department of Community Services and Development

KEYNOTE: The American Way of Poverty
Presenters: Sasha Abramsky

Mr. Abramsky is the author of the notable 2013 book, The American Way of Poverty. He teaches in the Writing Program at the University of California, Davis and is a Senior Fellow at the New York based Think Tank Demos.

Message from our Federal Partners
Presenters: AnnaMaria Garcia, Director, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program Office, U.S. DOE; Jeannie Chaffin, Director, Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. DHHS

Concurrent Sessions:

WAP: Planning and Action
This session reviewed WAP updates and 2015 legislative updates and analysis. Attendees broke into regional roundtable discussions on participant-identified critical issues to set the stage for the dialogue with DOE WAP staff in the next day’s DOE Federal Perspective sessions. Presentation Slides
Facilitator: Katrina Metzler, State Services Director, NASCSP

CSBG: Planning and Action
This session provided a review of NASCSP and CSBG updates, including an updated analysis on reauthorization. Attendees had time to engage in regional dialogue to discuss such critical issues as State Plan processes, proposed State and Federal performance accountability measures, and ROMA Next Generation. CSBG IS Data Awards were also presented.
Facilitator: Pamela Harrison, Deputy Director, Community Services Division, CA Department of Community Services and Development

WAP: Dialogue on Key Issues
Group leaders from each of the regional roundtable discussions held during the previous session reported out on key identified issues. Attendees further discussed common issues for dialogue with DOE staff.
Facilitator: Katrina Metzler, State Services Director, NASCSP

CSBG: Update from the Federal Office of Community Services (OCS)
Staff from OCS joined attendees for an update on priorities including an overview of upcoming activities, technical assistance strategy, FY15/FY16 funding announcement opportunities, state assessments, and the Automated State Plan. Presentation Slides
Facilitator: Verna Best, Director, NC Department of Health and Human Services
Presenters: Monique Alcantara, Management and Program Analyst, Division of State Assistance; Seth Hassett, Director, Division of State Assistance; Jonna Holden, Grants Management Specialist, Division of State Assistance, U.S. DHHS

CSBG: Organizational Standards Implementation
Organizational Standards go into effect in just a few weeks and while many States and CAAs are ready, there are still questions that need to be addressed. Attendees discussed Standards implementation and provide feedback on tools and resources that have been developed. Presentation Slides
Facilitator: Jean Amison, CSBG/LIHEAP Program Manager, FL Department of Economic Opportunity
Presenters: Jenae Bjelland, Executive Director, NASCSP; Denise Harlow, Chief Executive Office, Community Action Partnership

Thursday, September 17

Concurrent Sessions:

WAP: DOE Federal Perspective Session 1
Department of Energy staff provided grant updates and an overview of DOE initiatives and their current status, including updates on the Quality Work and Quality Management Plans. Information was also shared regarding the National Evaluation. Presentation Slides
Facilitator: Katrina Metzler, State Services Director, NASCSP
Presenters: AnnaMaria Garcia, Director, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program Office; Erica Burrin, Team Lead, Field Operations; Josh Olsen, Policy Advisor/Training and Technical Assistance Specialist; Holly Ravesloot, Program Specialist, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs, U.S. DOE

CSBG: OCS Review of the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Survey Instrument (ACSI)
In this session OCS covered what State CSBG Offices need to know about the ACSI including how it will be used to measure performance against the State and Federal Accountability Measures. There was also a discussion about how the states can use the tool to make program improvements. Presentation Slides
Facilitator: Ditzah Wooden-Wade, Assistant Director, Community Services Programs, MA Department of Housing and Community Development
Presenters: Kate Blunt, Senior Consultant, Federal Consulting Group; Seth Hassett, Director, Division of State Assistance, U.S. DHHS

WAP: DOE Federal Perspective Session 2
A continuation of the Federal Perspective session 1. There was facilitated discussion with DOE staff on policy changes and recommendations, and other issues as identified by participants in the Weatherization Planning and Action session and regional roundtable discussions. Information from the newly-released National Evaluation was also covered in depth. Presentation Slides
Facilitator: Katrina Metzler, State Services Director, NASCSP
Presenters: Erica Burrin, Team Lead, Field Operations; Josh Olsen, Policy Advisor/Training and Technical Assistance Specialist; Holly Ravesloot, Program Specialist, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs, U.S. DOE; Bruce Tonn, Senior Researcher, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

CSBG: Measuring Bundled Services and Developing Statewide Linkages and Coordination
This session helped States strengthen their capacity to review CAAs’ collective data on bundled assessments and services. Presenters and attendees discussed how to use this information to ensure increased access to CSBG services and avoid duplication of services to low-income clients and communities. Attendees also discussed how to coordinate and facilitate linkages at state and local levels to strengthen service delivery. Presentation Slides One and Two
Facilitator: Kathi Skoglund, Program Specialist II, SD Department of Social Services, Division of Economic Assistance
Presenters: Pamela Harrison, Deputy Director, Community Services Division, CA Department of Community Services and Development; Lorie Declarador, Outreach and Education Specialist, Internal Revenue Service; Mike Baldwin, Supervisor, Tehama County Community Action Agency

WAP: Weatherization Program Evaluations
This session presented the research that comprises a comprehensive energy efficiency program evaluation and answered important questions about quality of evaluation data and assessment. Presentation Slides
Facilitator: Ray Judy, Community Programs Manager, IN Housing and Community Development Authority Presenters: Jacqueline Berger, Ph.D., President, APPRISE

CSBG: Community Action Plans & ROMA
This session demonstrated how to review agencies’ Community Action Plans to evaluate alignment with their needs assessment, strategic plan, and Theory of Change. Attendees also discussed how to best develop responses to common questions in the Automated State Plan. Presentation Slides One and Two
Facilitator: Beverly Buchanan, CSBG Program Manager, AR Department of Human Services
Presenters: Jean Amison, CSBG/LIHEAP Program Manager, FL Department of Economic Opportunity; Laura Saintey, Training Officer, TX Department of Housing and Community Affairs

WAP: Achieving High Savings from Weatherization Programs
Research on low-income energy efficiency programs around the country has provided important information on design and implementation characteristics that lead to greater energy savings. Participants also shared information on these best practices, provide results from evaluations of programs around the country that demonstrate the importance of these principles, and discussed how to design programs to maximize savings. Presentation Slides
Facilitator: Michael DeYoung, Division Director, TX Department of Housing and Community Affairs Presenters: Jacqueline Berger, Ph.D., President, APPRISE

CSBG: Building Collaborative Relationships Between the State CSBG Office and State Associations
This session brought together State Association and State Office staff to discuss collaborative relationships. Participants engaged in conversation to deepen the understanding of each entities current and potential capacities, enabling both to identify complementary activities that could inform and strengthen ongoing, substantive working relationships and the overall capacity of the network. Presentation Slides One and Two
Facilitator: Melissa Stanford, Section Supervisor, Community Development Division, OH Development Services Agency
Presenters: Beverly Buchanan, CSBG Program Manager, AR Department of Human Services; Pamela Harrison, Deputy Director, Community Services Division, CA Department of Community Services and Development; John A. Heath, Executive Director, CA Community Action Partnership Association; Marshall Vogts, Director of Programs, OK Department of Commerce; Tricia Auberle, Region VI RPIC Program Director, OK Association of Community Action Agencies

Friday, September 18

Concurrent Sessions:

WAP: Making Sense of Combustion Safety Testing Protocols
Combustion safety testing has undergone a major overhaul in the last couple of years. BPI, NFPA, and ACCA have all changed their procedures, and no two are the same. This also resulted in inconsistency with the SWS. This session reviewed the different protocols, explained why these changes have occurred, and discussed efforts to align these procedures. Presentation Slides
Facilitator: Bruce Hagan, WAP Program Manager, ND Department of Commerce
Presenters: Paul Francisco, Research Engineer, IL Sustainable Technology Center

CSBG: State Monitoring Practices and Risk Mitigation
This session helped states strengthen their capacity to assess and mitigate risk by spotlighting examples of state monitoring practices of Eligible Entities’ management design that eliminates or reduces risk to an acceptable level. Presentation Slides One and Two
Facilitator: Tamera Kohler, Interim Division Director, Housing & Community Development, UT Department of Workforce Services
Presenters: Jenae Bjelland, Executive Director, NASCSP; Denise Harlow, Chief Executive Officer, Community Action Partnership

General Session: When the Helper Needs Help
As state administrators of the CSBG and the WAP, it is very easy to get caught up in the mundane bureaucracy of managing, monitoring, and reporting, while forgetting the critical role you play in providing needed support to individuals and families who are living below the poverty line. But while you are helping, what happens when you need help? In this session you will be inspired to continue the work you do to touch, transform, and transcend the lives of many, while being reminded to not grow weary in well doing because there is a great reward!
Facilitator: Bill Brand, Administrator, IA Department of Human Rights, NASCSP Board President
Presenter: John A. Heath, Executive Director, CA Community Action Partnership Association

 
 
 
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