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CSBG Organizational Standards


This webpage links resources developed by CAPLAW to specific Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Organizational Standards to help Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in their compliance efforts. For some Standards that we regularly receive inquiries about, we also include links to resources developed by the national Community Action Partnership. All of the resources developed by the national Community Action Partnership on the Standards are available on its 
website.

Note: CAPLAW is in the process of revising some of its resources pursuant to updates in the law; however, the concepts in these resources generally remain applicable.

Standard 3.1

Private
The organization conducted a community assessment and issued a report within the past 3 years.

Public
The department conducted or was engaged in a community assessment and issued a report within the past 3 years, if no other report exists.

Partnership Resource:

  • Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment Online Tool. This tool is intended to help a CAA with several aspects of its community needs assessment and does so by allowing users to: select state(s) and county(ies) to be included in its report; select specific data elements; preview a draft report; download a full, editable draft report; and incorporate advanced uses including mapping specific poverty indicators to extended geographies such as census tract and congressional district.

Standard 3.2

Private
As part of the community assessment, the organization collects and includes current data specific to poverty and its prevalence related to gender, age, and race/ethnicity for their service area(s).

Public
As part of the community assessment, the department collects and includes current data specific to poverty and its prevalence related to gender, age, and race/ethnicity for their service area(s).

Resource

  • See Standard 3.1

Standard 3.3

Private
The organization collects and analyzes both qualitative and quantitative data on its geographic service area(s) in the community assessment.

Public
The department collects and analyzes both qualitative and quantitative data on its geographic service area(s) in the community assessment.

Resource:

  • See Standard 3.1

Standard 3.4

Private
The community assessment includes key findings on the causes and conditions of poverty and the needs of the communities assessed.

Public
The community assessment includes key findings on the causes and conditions of poverty and the needs of the communities assessed.

Resource

  • See Standard 3.1

Standard 3.5

Private
The governing board formally accepts the completed community assessment.

Public
The tripartite board/advisory body formally accepts the completed community assessment.

Resource

  • See Standard 3.1

This resource was created by Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW) in the performance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services Cooperative Agreement – Grant Award Number 90ET0441-02. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed In this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.