urbaininst –  The Urban Institute was founded in 1968 to understand the problems facing America’s cities and assess the programs of the War on Poverty, the Urban Institute brings decades of objective analysis and expertise to policy debates — in city halls and state houses, Congress and the White House, and emerging democracies around the world. Today, our research portfolio ranges from the social safety net to health and tax policies; the well-being of families and neighborhoods; and trends in work, earnings, and wealth building. Our scholars have a distinguished track record of turning evidence into solutions.

tta – This website is a resource for the Community Action Network to access an array of information and assistance designed to support efforts in serving low income families and addressing the causes of poverty in local communities. Through this site you may download toolkits, listen to webinars, register for training, engage in online dialogue with colleagues, submit requests for training or technical assistance, read the latest evaluation reports about evidence-based program models, and search a consultant bank for experienced professionals serving the Community Action Network.

outcomes_toolbox-300x238 – Whether you work in a philanthropy or foundation, a nonprofit, or a government agency, you are being increasingly asked to produce evidence of the results of your work, of the efforts of your programs or your organization…and of the fiscal and other resources entrusted to you.  How to identify your target results, manage toward their achievement, report your accomplishments in a way important audiences can understand, and learn from your experiences, are the subjects we will cover in these pages, and are the purpose of this website.

selfsufficiecy – The Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) is an ever growing virtual portal of research on low-income and TANF families and an online hub for professional networking among researchers, policymakers and practitioners who serve these populations. The SSRC aims to improve policy and practice in such areas as employment, education and training, and family self-sufficiency by improving access to field-tested, evidence-informed and evidence-based program strategies and high-quality research and by fostering professional connectivity among its targeted audiences.

virtualcap.jpg – Virtual CAP is administered by the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA).  OACAA is the state association for Ohio’s 50 local Community Action Agencies. Virtual CAP provides an in-depth look at innovative programs and projects developed by Community Action Agencies around the United States. Programs can be researched by state, category or keyword. Each contains a summary description, as well as useful links to download materials and to related websites.

positionforsurvivalWebinar: Is Your Agency Positioned for Survival? – This webinar was presented by Ken Ackerman, Virtual CAP. This webinar focuses on the importance of an evidence-based approach to Community Action programs.


connectthedots – A VirtualCAP webinar that highlights resources available through the CSBG Resource Bank that produce positive outcomes for low-income youth and families. – This Urban Partnerships Initiative Online Toolkit represents the next phase of disseminating information on promising practices to the human services community. The toolkit is a collection of resources, templates, examples, and instruments that will assist TANF administrators in achieving the goal of supporting families on a path to self-sufficiency.