Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $3,029,009)
Priority Areas: 1A (See Section II D, p. 10 ) and 3 (See Sections II, E, p. 11 and attachment labeled CVIPI Team)
As the leading CVI TTA providers in the nation, The Collective (lead applicant and coordinator), The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (The HAVI) and Cities United (CU) are already established and well respected across the country as CVI TTA providers. Collectively, these organizations have already developed a national TTA plan and executed it in nearly 20 cities in partnership with a fourth partner, The National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (not on this grant due to internal capacity), and led by Hyphen, the organization selected by the Biden-Harris Administration to lead our national CVI initiative. Together, the three organizations have organized national trainings and peer learning opportunities, trained and networked with other TTA providers and CVI experts across the country, as well as supported, engaged, and built the leadership of CVI workers nationwide.
Given the diverse array of sites/grantees we anticipate will be supported through this funding initiative, the Collective and TTA partners understand that there will be a variety of factors approached and acknowledged when selecting the details of the most appropriate TTA provisions. The group will identify best TTA providers (organizations bring different core competencies) from the three partners and work with grantees through a tiered readiness framework, assigning them one of three capacity categories. After this preliminary assessment and the implementation of TTA, later assessment will track movement across tiers, with the goal of grantees sustaining themselves as high capacity organizations. Through this framework, strengths and challenges will be diagnosed and prescriptive action provided to solve the most pressing issues CVI site grantees face. Our collective efforts in partnership with Subject Matter Experts will be continually evaluated and tracked to determine the best recommendations and most appropriate courses of action while simultaneously documenting best practices and learning. A variety of learning materials and platforms will be made accessible; teamwork with federal agencies will be undertaken.
The Collective acts as lead applicant for this coalition of leaders dedicated to expanding upon the successes of CVI for nationwide impact. This proposal leverages the experience of the applicants to provide site-grantees expert programmatic, organizational, and administrative capacity TTA they need and provide the level of resources needed to bring critical CVI work to scale and sustain it over time.