Technical Assistance to Ethnic Community Based Organizations (ECBO)

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

Purpose Statement: The purpose of this project is to provide Technical Assistance (TA) to Ethnic Community Based Organizations (ECBOs) in Arizona. This TA includes administration of a pilot project in which ASU oversees five ECBOs statewide to provide orientation workshops to refugees and other eligible beneficiaries (refugees) that enhance their sense of well-being, community integration, family stability and the ability to self-advocate for participation in mainstream services. ASU will: Develop a project plan for a TA pilot project, and consult with the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) on content prior to finalizing the plan. Develop the agreement to be used with the subawardees and consult with RRP for input prior to finalizing the agreement. Distribute five pilot project awards to Arizona-based ECBOs with three subawardees in Maricopa County and two subawardees in Pima County to provide the orientation workshops. Ensure that services funded under this Contract shall be provided in the following order of priority, except in certain individual extreme circumstances, and as required by 45 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 400: Refugees who have been in the U.S. less than two years; Refugees receiving cash assistance including Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and Two Parent Employment Program (TPEP); Refugees who have exceeded the maximum eligibility period for cash assistance; Single mothers and fathers with minor children; Other individuals or groups experiencing difficulty adjusting as identified by ECBOs. Develop a selection panel process and assemble two panels, one in Phoenix and one in Tucson, to select ECBOs who will participate in the pilot project. This panel shall consist at a minimum of: ASU Project Manager; Two management level Voluntary Agency (VOLAG) staff from different VOLAGs; One staff from a mainstream organization that serve refugee clients; One staff from a municipality heavily impacted by refugee arrivals; One RRP staff for consultation only/no scoring privileges. Contractor shall require subawardees to submit a project plan, budget narrative and budget justification that outlines their plan to delivery orientation workshops. This plan shall be approved by the Contractor. Award $24,000 to each subawardee. Set standards for the competency of subawardees to design and implement orientation workshops in the following categories: Staffing; Workspace; Trained interpreters and translators; Computer skills; Knowledge of key topic areas; Local resources and experts in key topic areas. Design performance measures and goals for the subawardees based on the following criteria: The identified needs of refugees related to key topic areas; Outreach efforts to the target population to offer the orientation workshops; How the orientation workshops will meet the project plan goals; The number of refugees referred by VOLAGs to orientation workshops; The total number of refugees served; The number and types of orientation workshops provided; The higher proportion of priority refugees compared to the total number of individuals served; Reports submitted in a timely manner and in line with billing terms and Compliance with all contractual requirements. Convey the expected performance measures and outcome goals to subawardees prior to the orientation workshops. Review and approve all orientation workshop content. Develop pre-assessment tools to be administered to participants prior to the orientation workshop that establishes their baseline of knowledge on the specific workshop topic. Develop post-evaluation tools to be administered to all orientation workshop participants that measures the performance of the orientation workshops. Participate in meetings as required by RRP. The Subawardees shall: Participate in the pilot project with ASU to develop and provide orientation workshops on the four key topics to refugees and other eligible beneficiaries. Provide the name, phone number, business address and email address of the individual that will serve as the point of contact for the project. Provide contractor with proof of associations non-profit status with at least one of the following: A reference to the applicants listing in the IRS's most recent list of taxexempt organizations described in the IRS Code; A copy of a currently valid IRS tax-exemption certificate; A statement from a state taxing body, State Attorney General, or other appropriate state official certifying that the applicant organization has nonprofit status and that none of the net earnings accrue to any private shareholders or individuals or A certified copy of the organization's certificate of incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes non-profit status. Be in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission. Ensure that subawardees provide services in a manner that is culturally relevant and linguistically compatible with participants language and cultural background. Develop a detailed plan for designing and conducting orientation workshops and submit the plan to the Contractor for approval.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/16/139/30/13

Funding

  • Arizona Department of Economic Security: $291,690.00

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