2015 marked an exciting year for the Resource Sharing Project! We completely redesigned and updated our website, making it easier to use and more comprehensive. A wide variety of resources are easily available for coalitions to download and utilize, covering everything from comprehensive services to assessment tools, fact sheets on new uniform guidance to publications about working with rural communities, and lots more. It’s all at your fingertips, and so we thought this would be a fantastic time to review some of these resources from all of our various technical assistance projects.
In this ReShape newsletter, we’ve highlighted some of the RSP publications that coalitions simply shouldn't live without. We hope you will take some time to go through these, and as always let us know if you have any questions.
RSP Technical Assistance to State and Territorial Coalitions:
The RSP provides a unique blend of technical assistance, training, and essential resource development that specifically meets the needs of coalitions to better serve their member programs and constituents. Together, we are able to coordinate statewide anti-sexual violence efforts and promote a comprehensive array of sexual assault services that meet the diverse needs of survivors across the nation. Simultaneously, our goal is to support coalitions in developing their ongoing capacity to be strong nonprofit associations with sound organizational and administrative practices.
For more information about Technical Assistance to State and Territorial Coalitions, contact Cat Fribley, RSP Director and Region 1 TA Provider, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 339-0899; Tracy Wright, Region 2 TA Provider at email@example.com or (919) 871-1015; or Michelle Dixon-Wall, Region 3 TA Provider at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-754-7583.
Board Assessment for Coalitions
This assessment tool helps you determine a number of items: agency mission and purpose; selecting, supporting, and supervising the executive director for the organization; planning for the organization’s development; ensuring and managing adequate resources; determining and monitoring the agency’s programs and services; enhancing the agency’s public standing; ensuring legal and ethical integrity and accountability; and developing the board. Click here to find out more.
Board of Directors Development: Training-of-Trainers
This training, held in March 2010 in Texas, provided participants with a curriculum to take back to their state or territory to augment their work with local rape crisis service providers and others working to orient, train, and develop their Board of Directors. This training also included information on basic board responsibilities, staff/board role differences, and what unique issues sexual assault program Boards must be prepared to address. Click here to find out more.
This great guide helps you start to plan your coalition’s next transition. Use this tool to help staff and board members complete their current jobs with their successors in mind. This tool can help guide staff and board members through the important process of documenting job practices, creating important lines of communication, and easing the burden on the organization when inevitable transitions occur. Click here to find out more.
Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI):
The SADI addresses the challenges of dual and multi-service programs in reaching survivors of sexual violence. Through the SADI, we look at lessons learns and the tools that are developed at Project Sites that help inform the national field and better serve survivors. The SADI dedicates resources, support, and replicable tools tailored to the needs of those programs, and helps enhance the range of service options for survivors of sexual violence. In addition, the SADI improves the overall treatment of survivors, and enhances the skills set and knowledge of advocates working with survivors.
For more information about the SADI, contact Valerie Davis, SADI Technical Assistance Coordinator, at email@example.com or (515) 330-6175.
Building Comprehensive Sexual Assault Services Programs
This guide helps describe the broad range of services advocacy agencies provide, from the basic collection of services that define us as advocacy organizations for sexual violence survivors to a broad and diverse offering of intervention, prevention, and systems change programming. These services can be conceptualized in two categories: core services that meet basic needs and comprehensive services that provide additional opportunities for healing and empowerment. As coalitions, we can work to ensure that all services available to survivors of sexual assault are rooted in an understanding of the complex effects that trauma and other forms of oppression may have in a survivor’s life. Click here to find out more.
Listening to Our Communities: Assessment Toolkit
It’s important for coalitions to have the key tools and skills for conducting community assessments. These assessments help strengthen services for survivors of sexual survivors. While this toolkit is written specifically for dual and multi-service programs, it’s also useful for any program that provides services to survivors. By listening to your community’s experiences, hopes and concerns, you’ll be better able to design outreach and services that meet their needs and that connect with their individual values. Assessments make it possible for your work to become a part of the fabric of the community and will ultimately increase your chances for success. Click here to find out more.
Building Cultures of Care: A Guide for Sexual Assault Services Programs
Sexual assault services programs play a pivotal role in the healing journey of those who have experienced sexual violence. They provide advocacy services related to the immediate crisis and long-term needs of survivors, as well as prevention and education efforts focused on building strong and safe communities. This guide provides invaluable information to support sexual assault services programs in strengthening their organizational and individual responses to survivors of sexual violence through the use of a trauma-informed approach. Click here to find out more.
Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP):
The SASP provides advocates, coalitions, and state administrators with a tremendous opportunity to build, enhance, and maintain comprehensive sexual assault services for a wide range of survivors within our communities. SASP’s success depends on a meaningful and informed plan for implementation, in addition to collaboration between administrators and coalitions The RSP’s SASP Technical Assistance Project provides training, resources, and assistance necessary to support administrators, coalitions, and rape crisis centers in the implementation of the SASP project.
For more information about the SASP, contact SASP Technical Assistance Specialist Elizabeth Edmondson Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sexual Assault Services Program Coalition Grant Overview
The SASP grants to coalitions are a flexible funding source designed to support the critical work of sexual assault and dual/multi-service coalitions as they advocate for survivors in their states and territories. This paper provides information about allowable expenses and includes a number of great examples of how other states have used their SASP coalition funds. Click here to find out more.
Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program Report on Key Issues
This report look as a 2014 survey of SASP administrators on key issues and analyzes how the coalition funds have been utilized and how other states and territories approach SASP. This includes coalitions as pass through agencies for state funds; various approaches to SASP that might be helpful to other coalitions; dual and multi-service programs that are funded with SASP dollars; and more! This paper will provide a richer picture of how SASP works around the country to meet the diverse needs of survivors. It also allows other coalitions to think about how SASP is working in their own states or territories. Click here to find out more.
Assessment for Statewide Systems Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence
This great assessment tool can help you assess your state/territory’s sexual assault service delivery network, statewide measures, multi-service programs, challenges, and action steps. Click here to find out more.
Rural Training and Technical Assistance:
The Rural Training and TA Project assists dual sexual violence and domestic violence programs and state coalitions in rural areas in providing meaningful services to rural sexual violence survivors. This includes enhancements to outreach efforts, direct services, agency structure, and community partnerships. The training and technical assistance offered by this projects helps advocates become more comfortable and confident in providing sexual assault services. We believe that confident and competent advocates have a vital and powerful role to the community’s dialogue about and response to sexual violence.
For more information about the Rural Training and TA Project, contact Rural TA Specialist Leah Green at email@example.com or (515) 421-4682.
Eight Step Advocacy Plan for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Survivors of Sexual Assault
While rural communities often have many positive traits, they can also be accompanied by a sense of isolation. This isolation is compounded for Deaf or hard of hearing individuals. This eight step advocacy plan is intended for rural advocates searching for concrete information on how to effectively work with Deaf and hard of hearing survivors of sexual violence. Deaf survivors of sexual violence face numerous obstacles in addition to isolation, including stereotyping and lack of anonymity in accessing all kinds of services within their rural communities. The steps in this guide will direct coalitions towards providing Deaf survivors with trauma-informed and culturally appropriate services, and so much more. Click here to find out more.
Cultivating Inclusive Practices: Working with Rural Immigrants and Refugee Communities
To explore the needs of all immigrant and refugee survivors, this paper presents the unique experiences of immigrants from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We explore these communities through the eyes of culturally specific statewide agencies in Iowa serving immigrant and refugee survivors of sexual violence. You will learn about the innovative approaches these programs use when working with immigrant and refugee communities. These same approaches can also be applied to mainstream programs in an effort to expand sexual violence services nationwide. Click here to find out more.
Openings Our Doors: Building Strong Sexual Assault Services in Dual/Multi-Service Advocacy Agencies
Dual and multi-service advocacy agencies are those that serve both sexual violence and domestic violence survivors, and may provide a wide range of community services. When we seek to create significant organization change to respond to sexual violence in the best way we can, we are often challenged with limited financial and organizational resources or resistant communities. While these barriers are great, the potential for high-quality services for survivors of sexual violence in dual and multi-service organizations is even greater. Click here to find out more.
Nonprofit Sustainability Technical Assistance
The Nonprofit Sustainability Technical Assistance (NSTA) project provides access to best practices in organization management and sustainability, targeting all OVW nonprofit grantees. This includes local domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy organizations, coalitions, legal aid organizations, statewide organizations, and more. This project provides training and TA that supports programs in effectively manage, operate, and sustain their organizations. Areas of technical assistance include fiscal and nonprofit management; roles and responsibilities of board members; and succession planning.
For more information about this project, contact Nonprofit Sustainability Technical Assistance Specialist Ellen Yin-Wycoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (515) 505-2729.
New Uniform Guidance on Program Income
This fact sheet provides an overview of the new administrative requirements. In previous administrative requirements, recipients were able to utilize the addition method for using program income at any point during the award period. Now the new Uniform Guidance requires any program income that was not originally approved in the budget to be deducted from their total federal award. Click here to find out more.
A subrecipient is defined as a recipient of a subaward from a pass-through entity to carry out a portion of the federal award. Subrecipients differ from contractors. Generally, subrecipients provide substantive program effort and may be responsible for programmatic decision-making. They must also comply with the pass-through entities’ program requirements and conditions noted in the federal award and are subject to monitoring by the pass-through entity. Click here to find out more.