Training and Technical Assistance
Multiple opportunities for training and technical assistance (TA) are available to you during your grant funding.
All project directors and their evaluators are required to attend the OAPP Annual Conference and are expected to have set aside funds in their budget for travel costs. (Other program staff is allowed to attend if project funds are available.) The purpose of the annual conference is to: (1) formally introduce grantees to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health’s initiatives and OAPP's policies; (2) equip and enhance AFL grantees' knowledge, skills, and abilities in areas relevant to the needs of their target populations, program management and evaluation methodology, analysis and outcomes; and (3) provide an opportunity for grantees to share their program and evaluation findings with others.
Throughout the year OAPP offers you various training opportunities. These include: face to face trainings, webinars and self-directed e-learning modules, such as this orientation module. Modules are located at http://www.hhs.gov/opa/familylife/tech_assistance/etraining/. Information on all trainings can be found on the OAPP Technical Assistance website:http://www.hhs.gov/opa/familylife/tech_assistance/tech_assistance.html.
Your program is expected to have set aside funds in their budgets to pay for travel and lodging costs for their staff to attend OAPP-sponsored workshops and trainings.
Training Attendance Policy
OAPP encourages full participation of AFL project staff in the OAPP sponsored training workshops. It is important to note that when people leave early, the congruency and effectiveness of the training workshop is disrupted. OAPP encourages agencies to send appropriate staff to each training that is offered. If you have a question about whether or not you should send staff to a workshop, please contact your Project Officer directly.
Continuing Education Credits
OAPP will offer continuing education units for the face-to-face workshops and e-learning modules this year. If you would like to request a continuing education certificate, you must attend the entire training or complete the full module for credit. Social Work continuing education units and Licensed Professional Counselor credit through the National Board for Certified Counselors will be offered to eligible individuals.
OAPP has contracts with John Snow Inc. (JSI) and RTI International to provide technical assistance to its grantees. JSI provides general TA to grantees by coordinating the Annual Grantee conference and other trainings. RTI provides technical assistance on evaluation activities, with the ultimate goal of all grantees producing sound findings from their demonstration projects that are publishable.