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ACL Discretionary Grant Support

The APS TARC provides technical assistance, via individual requests, webinars and in-person training, to recipients of the Administration for Community Living’s State Grants to Enhance Adult Protective Services.

Resources for grantees are detailed below.


Using Administrative Data to Strengthen APS Programs

Webinar Date: June 22, 2021
In 2020, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services began working with The Ohio State University on a research project to examine Ohio's county-administered adult protective service (APS) programs. The goal was to learn about the different organizational characteristics of the state's various local APS programs and examine whether certain characteristics are associated with data in the Ohio Database for Adult Protective Services (ODAPS). This webinar described the process used to conduct the research and the lessons learned – including how data can be used in providing technical assistance for APS programming and organizational style in APS. This project was funded through Ohio’s State Grant to Enhance APS, and it will be most useful for state APS programs interested in partnering with frontline staff to enhance their local programs and increase quality assurance and technical assistance efforts. Handout: Slides


Implementation Science

Webinar Date: April 20, 2021
This webinar was for recipients of State Grants to Enhance Adult Protective Services. The webinar featured a discussion on how the science and practice of implementation can be used to assist in implementing and sustaining evidence-informed programs, practices, and policies to improve outcomes. Participants learned about implementation science and key best practices, how the stages of implementation can be used to guide implementation of APS programs and services, and about implementation support practitioner competencies. Handout: Slides


Using GrantSolutions Effectively

Webinar Date: Pre-recorded
In this webinar ACL's Valarie Colmore, Aiesha Gurley Parry, Sean Lewis, Elizabeth Petruy, and Omar Valverde discussed using the GrantSolutions system effectively for an Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services discretionary grant. Presenters helped grantees understand the lifecycle of a discretionary grant, provided an overview of the GrantSolutions system, and discussed reporting requirements. Handout: Slides


2020 Virtual Grantee Convening

Panel: Collaborating with Other Organizations

Webinar Date: November 2, 2020
The ability to collaborate is key to the success of any project. Collaboration can take place on many levels: within your project team, among others in your agency, or with outside partners. Three state APS programs will describe how they collaborated on their ACL grant projects. 

Panel: Communication Strategies

Webinar Date: November 5, 2020
Stakeholder buy-in is critical to project success, and effective communication with stakeholders is critical to gaining and maintaining their support. This panel discussion will highlight the communications strategies used by three states to successfully engage internal and external stakeholders for their grant projects.

Multidisciplinary Team Models

Staff from the University of Southern California will discuss results from their Elder Justice Innovation Grant, centered around producing new information on the Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) model to guide future decision-making about implementation of the Elder Abuse Forensic Center (EAFC) and other MDT models. USC is facilitating replication as well as understanding of MDT components, functions, and outcomes. The grant's goal is to collect relevant information on the EAFC and other MDT models that can be used by professionals across the field. Handout: Slides

Increasing the Quality or Quantity of NAMRS Submissions

The purpose of this session is to discuss the requirement for increasing the quality or quantity of NAMRS submissions. We will briefly review the requirement and how individual states intend to respond to it. APS TARC will provide an overview of NAMRS reporting and individual programs will describe their goals and their anticipated barriers to improving their NAMRS submissions. Handout: Slides


Evaluation for APS Grantees

Webinar Date: August 14, 2020
ACL State APS Enhancement grantees are required to conduct an evaluation as part of their grant. This webinar will review the most recent ACL funding announcement for State APS to analyze the role of evaluation in the application process and project period. Dr. Marian Liu from Purdue University will then discuss why evaluation is valued and provide some tips to look for and work with evaluators. Michael Hagenlock from Montana APS and Dr. Kendon Conrad from University of Illinois at Chicago will join us to have a conversation on evaluation offering their experiences as APS grantee and experienced evaluator. Handout: Slides


Responding to Delays Tips and Tricks for OEJAPS Grantees

Webinar Date: July 23, 2020
All grants encounter challenges and the work plan is always subject to revision, but especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's critical to understand how to respond when planned activities are critically delayed, or may need to be re-imagined entirely. Aiesha Gurley Parry and Elizabeth Petruy, Project Officers at ACL's Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services, walk you through your options when what you planned isn't possible to complete in the time you projected when you applied for the grant. Handout: Slides

From Start to Sustainability: How to Have a Successful Grant Project

Webinar Date: June 4, 2020
Laura Rath, Senior Program Officer with the Archstone Foundation, and Mary Twomey, APS TARC Consultant, discuss key elements for successful grant projects. The presenters cover the aspects of a successful grant and ways to plan for sustainability with and without identified sources of ongoing funding. Handout: Slides

Logic Models and Evaluation

Grantees are encouraged to watch the following two webinars in succession, starting with Part I and then viewing Part II.

Part I: Logic Model: The Whole Picture

Elizabeth Petruy, Program Specialist and Stephanie Whittier Eliason, Team Lead, of the Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services at the Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services, discuss the importance of creating a logic model for your grant. Handouts: Slides

Part II: Performance Measurement for OEJAPS Grantees

An overview of performance measurement, from terminology to tips and tricks as you put together a logic model, determine appropriate performance measures, and evaluate your project. Susan Jenkins, Director of ACL’s Office of Performance and Evaluation, walks you through this critical process. Handouts: Slides


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2019 What You Need to Know

This webinar provided an update on national and state World Elder Abuse Awareness Day activities. The webinar included an opportunity for participants to share updates on their own state’s activities; strategies for measuring the impact of public awareness campaigns like WEAAD; and information on a new ACL grant.

Using Available Resources to Ensure a Successful Grant

This webinar will: help you understand the necessity of building relationships with fiscal and contracts staff in your agency, understand how to work with the federal Office of Grants Management, understand the “lifecycle” of a grant, understand APS TARC role, resources, and protocols.

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