Thursday, December 8, 2011

Colorado Children and Youth Program Manager’s Manual 2011


The Colorado Prevention Leadership Council (PLC) has just released the template and guidance document for the Colorado Common Components of Children and Youth Request for Application/Proposals (RFAs/RFPs).  The templates and guidance are now ready for use by staff that manages children and youth programs.

C.R.S. 25-20.5(106)(2)(a) requires a streamlined application for obtaining state-managed funds (federal and state) across our departments. The intent is to not only streamline state government processes but to assist those organizations and service providers that apply to multiple state agencies for funding. The template also sets the foundation for blending and braiding of funds, a direction that federal agencies and the White House Office of Management and Budget are exploring.

You can find the Colorado Children and Youth Program Manager’s Manual 2011 online for guidance/reference re: the uniform operation of children and youth programs. Pages 11-12 provide an overview of the RFA/RFP common components and a list of associated documents.

If there are any questions, or any need for technical assistance in making the transition to the common components template, do not hesitate to contact me at j.esquibel@state.co.us or 303-692-2302 or Chele Clark at chele.clark@state.co.us or 303-692-2302.


Background

The template and guidance document for the Colorado Common Components of Children and Youth RFAs/RFPs is the result of several years of work, including a comparative analysis of 39 children and youth requests for proposals, stakeholder input, consultation with program managers of various state departments, consultation with department contract and grants managers and the Director of the Division of Procurement and Finance in the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration.

Utilizing the results of the comparative analysis and drawing from stakeholder input, members of the Colorado Prevention Leadership Council (www.colorado.gov/plc) worked with the staff of the Center for Systems Integration, Inc., to prepare the Colorado Common Components of Children and Youth RFAs/RFPs and vetted the draft with state government and non-state government partners. Funding support for this work was provided by the Interagency Prevention System Program (CDPHE) and the Colorado Department of Transportation/Office of Safety and Traffic Engineering Branch.

In a recent meeting with Executive Directors (November 2011), support was expressed for the use of the template and guidance document for the Common Components of Children and Youth RFAs/RFPs.

Given the various cycles of children and youth RFAs/RFPs, the transition to the use of common template will span several years.

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