History of Organizational Standards
In 2012, the Federal Office of Community Services provided funding to establish the CSBG Organizational Standards Center of Excellence (COE). The COE was charged with developing a set of Organizational Standards that working together characterized effective and healthy CSBG Eligible Entities. The Community Action Partnership reviewed this funding and engaged an existing CSBG Workgroup and the breadth of the CSBG Network including Community Action Agencies, CSBG State Lead Agencies/Offices, Community Action State Associations, National CSBG Partners (CAPLAW, NASCSP, NCAF), content experts, and others to develop a comprehensive set of CSBG Organizational Standards.
The initial efforts included an intensive 9-month process of listening sessions, literature reviews, surveys, and field testing that resulted in a draft of the CSBG Organizational Standards being provided to OCS in July 2013. In March 2014, OCS published a draft information memorandum (IM) including proposed Organizational Standards, providing potential implementation recommendations and seeking additional input from the Network. In January 2015, OCS released IM138, State Establishment of Organizational Standards for CSBG Eligible Entities under 678B of the CSBG Act, 42 U.S.C. §9914.
Tennessee adopted the recommended CSBG Organizational Standards, which reflect the requirements of the CSBG Act, good management practices, and the values of Community Action.