A Study of Work Participation and Full Engagement Strategies. Establishing Formal Collaborative Partnerships


Formal collaborative partnerships augment access to services by sharing of policy and program information across agencies, identifying "best practices" in service delivery, developing strategies to streamline access, and expanding the availability of existing services. For example, the Targeted Community-Based Collaborative (TCBC) brings together 65 agencies in Montgomery County for a monthly day-long meeting led by a professional facilitator. The El Paso County Community Partnership Group, which includes 40 to 50 agencies, meets quarterly for half a day to discuss ways to improve the coordination of services and collaboration between service providers. TANF agency staff attending the meetings inform front-line case managers about the resources available through the partner agencies. In some cases, partner agencies may conduct presentations for TANF program staff on the services available to TANF recipients and how to access them.


(1) The list in Montgomery County, for example, contains 17 activities that count toward the work participation requirement. The list in El Paso County contains 27 activities, 17 of which are considered in the federal participation rate calculation and 10 of which are not. However, case managers can place recipients in activities not listed with a supervisor's approval.

(2) Wisconsin is the only study site that provides both paid and unpaid placements. In other study sites, such as El Paso County and Utah, work experience is available through contracted service providers in the one-stop center or in the community, but is rarely used.

(3) Fictitious name.

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