ROMA Next Generation Release!

ROMA Next Generation is the last piece in a broader national effort to strengthen the performance management culture of the CSBG Network. Thanks in large part to the hard work of the ROMA Next Generation Workgroup, our partners, and colleagues, as well as continued dialogue across the CSBG Network, we are pleased to release ROMA Next Generation!

ROMA Next Generation

  • Focuses on integrating information on the people served, services and strategies provided, and outcomes achieved by eligible entities.
  • Incorporates organizational standards and state and federal accountability measures to help achieve the full potential of CSBG.
  • Represents a system for continuous quality improvement of CSBG services, strategies, and outcomes through the use of data at all levels.
  • Creates learning organizations at all levels of the CSBG network.
  • Requires attention to the capacity of state and local data systems and support.
  • Tools and practices are a substantial overhaul and refinement of existing ROMA tools and practices.

Your review of ROMA Next Generation is crucial as we move forward. NASCSP will hold an initial comment period starting March 3, 2016 to April 1, 2016, followed by the official Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Clearance Process. The ROMA Next Generation Overview Recording provides an introduction to ROMA Next Generation, the clearance process, and what to expect during the Initial comment period. To contact NASCSP staff with questions or for assistance during the Initial Comment Period, please email us at

We have posted a ROMA Next Generation Components Guide on our website to serve as a quick reference to all the components of ROMA Next Generation, with information about each document’s intended purpose, expected implementation dates, and links to resources designed to gather feedback and provide context. NASCSP will also be posting discussion guides to help facilitate dialogue and the review of the ROMA Next Generation components for all levels of the network. We developed surveys for each component, which will serve as the primary method for gathering critical feedback and provide a framework for engaging with various components. The surveys include high level overview questions and more detailed questions about data elements and will be posted to our website the week of March 7, 2016.

During this initial comment period, NASCSP will also host a series of live webinars and an interactive session at the NCAF conference to provide information about each component.

Save the dates or register for the webinars below! (Please note if you are unable to attend the live webinar, we will be posting recordings to the website as well.)

Kick-Off to the ROMA Next Generation Initial Comment Period

Join us as we kick-off the ROMA Next Generation initial comment period! Two Kick-Off webinars will be held – one for State CSBG Lead Agencies, State Associations, and RPICs and a second for NCRTs & CCAPs. Please attend the webinar best suited for your role.  

State CSBG Lead Agencies, State Associations, and RPICs

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

11AM-12:30PM PDT / 2PM -3:30PM ET

Register here.   


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

12:30PM-2PM PDT / 3:30PM-5PM ET

Register here.  

 National Community Action Network Theory of Change and National Goals

Monday, March 14, 2016

11AM-12:30PM PDT / 2PM -3:30PM EDT 

This webinar focuses on the National Community Action Network Theory of Change, National Goals, and how the components of the new CSBG Annual report connect. This information provides a framework for reviewing the documents during the initial comment period. Register here.

Community Level Work

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


This webinar focuses on Community Level work and cover Community Level Strategies, National Performance Indicators, and Efforts in Progress. Register here.

Join us at the NCAF conference for a special interactive session – ROMA Next Generation: Start the Dialogue:  March 17, 2016, 11:30am-3:30pm, Room TBD, this is an in-person event only!

Join OCS, NASCSP and CAP staff for a walk-through of each component of ROMA Next Generation. This is an informal event that will be highly interactive, flexible and include one-on-one discussions.  Come learn and talk to OCS, NASCSP and CAP anytime during this open session.  NASCSP is currently hosting an Initial Comment Period for components that make up ROMA Next Generation! This comment period is open from March 3, 2016 till April 1, 2016. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about ROMA Next Generation, the Initial Comment Period, how to submit feedback, and engage in a fun and informal dialogue.

Individual and Family Level Work 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

11AM-12:30PM PDT / 2PM -3:30PM ET

This webinar focuses on the Characteristics of Individuals and Households, Individual and Family Services, and Individual and Family National Performance Indicators. Register here.

Tying It All Together

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

11AM-12:30PM PDT / 2PM -3:30PM EDT

This webinar focuses on CSBG Expenditures and Resources Administered by the CSBG Network and will discuss how each component of the new Annual Report connects. Register here.

NASCSP will make changes to ROMA Next Generation based on the Network’s feedback before ROMA Next Generation is submitted to OCS for the OMB Clearance process. This process will include a 60-day public comment period and a final 30-day comment period before final OMB clearance.  Although there will be multiple opportunities for input and comment over the next several months, it is critical to receive comments from the CSBG Network on the ROMA Next Generation proposal as early as possible. Detailed and specific comments are especially critical at the early stages of the comment process to ensure that the cleared documents reflect the consensus of the Network and the strongest tools and indicators possible.