To advance the strategic imperatives and/or policy objectives of its clients, including Federal, state, and local government agencies, CRP provides customized training and technical assistance (T/TA) informed by a research-based approach to the conceptualization, development, and implementation of solutions. CRP also provides T/TA services to community-based organizations and program grantees. The cornerstone of CRP's operating approach to T/TA is "Transferring Knowledge to Practice and Practice to Knowledge"—that is, CRP trainers and other T/TA staff emphasize the importance of converting knowledge and data on the key issues affecting each client or client discipline into relevant and timely services, programs, policies, and products. CRP IT staff and consultants also provide training and technical assistance on developing and enhancing operational procedures and new innovative solutions to address current and emerging IT challenges.
CENTER FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION (CSAP) - CENTERS FOR THE APPLICATION OF PREVENTION TECHNOLOGIES (CAPT)
When SAMHSA's CSAP needed a partner to manage its national portfolio of T/TA activities in collaboration with CAPT, SAMHSA/CSAP selected CRP. We coordinated an array of T/TA deliveries through several subcontractors; planned and managed a broad spectrum of T/TA workshops and conferences; managed a network of expert T/TA consultants; and directed the Agency's Service to Science Initiative, which provided evaluation-capacity building T/TA to prevention interventions and programs. SAMHSA/CSAP relied on CRP to manage its mini-subcontract program for "building the field" of evidence-based prevention, resulting in an investment of over $3,750,000 in mini-subcontract awards over a five-year period. We also managed SAMHSA/CSAP's pilot Prevention and Wellness Initiative and worked with the CAPT in convening and reporting a series of T/TA listening sessions in geographically dispersed sites across the country.
POLICY ACADEMIES ON CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS
CRP planned and managed four T/TA policy academies on co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders for SAMHSA, which enabled the Agency to effect systems change for transforming how co-occurring services are delivered. We coordinated pre-academy planning meetings, designed and developed strategic action templates used to guide strategic action planning sessions, facilitated the T/TA sessions, coordinated the delivery of on-site T/TA at each academy, and led state and tribal teams in constructing an estimated 46 strategic action plans for enhancing co-occurring systems of care.
SAMHSA'S RETURNING VETERANS INITIATIVE
SAMHSA selected CRP to provide an array of T/TA services in support of its Returning Veterans Initiative, the predecessor to the Agency's Strategic Initiative on Returning Veterans and Military Families. First, we managed the nation's inaugural conference targeted at addressing the imminent and special behavioral health needs of returning veterans and their families. CRP facilitated the initial inter-agency planning committee meeting and prepared a report, which informed the subsequent planning and implementation of the national conference. Second, we convened and managed SAMHSA's first policy academy on returning veterans and their families, which was preceded by planning visits to each state.
U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
At DOI's request, CRP provided training and technical assistance to Atlanta Cluster Initiative (ACI) institutions on marketing their research capabilities to DOI offices and programs. Using the medium of interactive videoconferencing technology, CRP implemented a research and training symposium that captured and streamed live sessions on this topic to personnel from ACI member institutions, including Morehouse and Morris Brown colleges and Clark Atlanta and Spelman universities.
CDC National Minority AIDS Initiative (NMAI)/Young Men Who Have Sex with Men INTERVENTION PLAN AND PROCESS MONITORING TRAINING
CRP provided technical assistance and logistical support by developing curricula and implementing a series of regional training workshops for participating NMAI community-based organizations. Specifically, CRP was contracted to perform the following tasks: develop and implement a training curriculum for NMAI grantees; develop and implement a training user manual for grantees and trainers; conduct train-the-trainer sessions (during which a CRP master trainer trained others to serve on the training team); develop an evaluation instrument to measure the success of the trainings; write a summary report of all training activities; develop a TA tracking system; and provide follow-up TA to NMAI grantees.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
In conjunction with the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CRP conducted six national training courses in maternal and child health (MCH) epidemiology. For each course, CRP invited professionals in state and local health departments who had significant responsibility for collecting, processing, analyzing, and reporting MCH data to participate in a one-week intensive training program. The training curriculum was designed to build participants' conceptual, technical, and analytic skills in the effective use of epidemiological data and other applications relevant to their day-to-day work.
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
A team of CRP logistical and technical staff conceptualized, planned, and implemented a five-day conference for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation's National Fellowship Program. The programmatic and technical design of the conference model allowed more than 100 Kellogg fellows, Foundation personnel, and guest experts to select and pursue a track from among four program areas for experiential learning. Each learning experience included site visits to facilities and agencies that embodied the desired learning objective. Additionally, we spearheaded the research effort emanating from the conference; developed a set of recommendations for related sub-topics; and conducted a series of case studies focusing on cultural diversity as it relates to education, employment, health, and housing from both local and national perspectives.