Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA)
ROMA Training Available From CAAP
The basic course for staff is now being offered virtually in three half-day sessions over about a ten-day period. Agencies or staff interested in receiving the training may sign up.
For Agency staff who have already participated in an Intro to ROMA workshop, an Agency can have them view videos from a series on ROMA Next Generation that dives a bit deeper on particular topics.
If an agency staff is desired to be a nationally certified ROMA professional – Trainer or Implementer, they should make application on the ANCRT application webpage.
An agency also does not need in-person Board ROMA trainings, but rather these trainings can be done with videos that the national Community Action Partnership provides on its webpages.
If an agency would like to set up their own training, they can reach out to any NCRT found on the Association of Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers webpage.
ROMA Overview And History
ROMA was created as a “performance-based initiative designed to preserve the anti-poverty focus of community action and to promote greater effectiveness among state and local agencies receiving Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds.” (Monitoring and Assessment Task Force reports to the Office of Community Services.) It was Community Action’s response to the measurable outcomes called for in the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act. ROMA was applied to the network in 1996, with formal direction issued by OCS in 2001 in Information Memorandum 49. Since that time, a sophisticated curriculum was developed and refined by Dr. Barbara Mooney, before and during her time as Training Director at CAAP, and Frederick Richmond of the Center for Applied Management Practices.
Dr. Mooney is now the Executive Director of the Association of Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers (ANCRT), which houses ROMA information and coordinates training across the United States. Additional background information may be found on the ANCRT website.