Technical Assistance

Exploration, Planning and Early Implementation Activities

Application for Targeted Technical Assistance

Application Deadline: September 5, 2018
Selected States Notified: September 14, 2018
TA begins: October 2, 2018

This Targeted Technical Assistance (TA) Opportunity is targeted to States, freely associated States and outlying areas, Indian Tribes or Tribal organizations that have limited or no Pyramid Model experience, have failed to sustain earlier efforts with the Pyramid Model and/or have not implemented all four components of the approach (state leadership team, external (program) coaches, demonstration sites and data systems).

Applications must be submitted by Part C and/or Section 619 Coordinators.

Purpose

The purpose of the TA is to provide distance support, information, and guidance to a group of leaders in States, freely associated States and outlying areas, Indian Tribes or Tribal organizations for exploring readiness and early implementation steps for implementation and scale-up of the Pyramid Model. This technical assistance is available for up to 2-years and does not include on-site, face to face technical assistance or training.

Phases and outcomes

The TA outcomes will determine how long the TA is delivered. The phases and outcomes are:

  • Phase 1 (4 months) Exploration
    Outcome: Completed  readiness process and asset mapping indicating readiness and interest in moving forward with planning and implementation of the Pyramid Model
  • Phase 2 (3 months) Planning
    Outcome: state team established; first BoQ assessment; action plans and budget planning for providing Pyramid Model training, and recruiting program coaches, sites and developing data systems
  • Phase 3 (5 months) Initial Implementation
    Outcome: implement action plans; develop collaborative TA plan with NCPMI for second year of TA (may include continuing with the targeted TA cohort, applying for a different level of TA, or some other option that matches the participants needs)
  • Phase 4 (second year)
    Outcome: implement the collaborative TA plan and action plans

Targeted TA to be provided

Targeted, specialized TA is based on needs common to multiple recipients and not extensively individualized.  This targeted TA will be provided to a group of leaders from States, freely associated States and outlying areas, Indian Tribes or Tribal organizations with opportunities for individualized TA including tailored support and consideration of context.

The TA will be supported by two primary resources and will be guided by these processes:

TA activities will include the following:

  • A TA agreement developed collaboratively between the TA participant and NCPMI staff indicating the participants’ goals and objectives for the TA.
  • Monthly, 1 hour, web-based conference calls where information will be provided and group members will be encouraged to share their experiences, approaches, and resources with other members.  Calls begin on October 2, 2018 and will be the first Tuesday of the month at 3 EST, 2 CT, 1 MT, 12 PST.
  • Between-calls “assignments” not to exceed approximately 7 hours per month.
  • Monthly individual consultation with assigned NCPMI staff to access needed resources for Pyramid Model implementation based on needs of individual States, freely associated States and outlying areas, Indian Tribes or Tribal organizations.
  • Face-to-Face meeting at the April 30 – May 3, 2019 National Training Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida (optional activity; participants to support their own travel).

Outcomes for participating states

  • TA participants will gain the knowledge necessary to determine whether they are ready to implement and scale up the Pyramid Model.
  • TA participants that determine they are ready, will engage in planning and early implementation activities as described in the State Implementation Guide and State Benchmarks of Quality.
  • TA participants will deepen their knowledge of the practices, tools, and system supports related to implementation of the Pyramid Model.
  • TA participants will access information on approaches, strategies, and resources from others engaged in Pyramid Model implementation.

Requirements for participating States, freely associated States and outlying areas, Indian Tribes or Tribal organizations:

Applications must be submitted by Part C and/or Section 619 Coordinators.

  • Ensure that participation is aligned with your organizations’ strategic goals and activities;
  • Ensure there is a match between the organization’s desired outcome and the outcome as defined by this TA opportunity;
  • Identify an individual who will be the primary contact for NCPMI staff, and will consistently participate in calls for a minimum of 6 months, and will be responsible for sharing information gained on calls with others in the State, freely associated State and outlying area, Indian Tribe or Tribal organization;
  • Commit to the process identified in this announcement (monthly calls, monthly “assignments”, individual TA, sharing with other participants, etc.) and participating in the NCPMI process of implementation as described in the State Implementation Guide and State Benchmarks of Quality.
  • Commit to participating actively and sharing with other participants during conference calls and via email between conference calls; and
  • Commit to participating in project evaluation activities.

Technical Assistance Call Potential Agendas

Our aim is to have the group participants identify needs and topics for the calls. Below are some topics that we feel will be relevant for the group.

  • The Pyramid Model as a framework for promoting young children’s social, emotional and behavioral competence
  • State Implementation Guide and State Benchmarks of Quality as steps and essential elements for implementation and scale-up
  • Addressing challenging behavior
  • Implementation fidelity
  • Program and practitioner coaching
  • Program-wide implementation
  • Data-based decision making

If you have questions about the technical assistance or your application, please contact Barbara Smith.

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