History of Results-Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA)
And the National Peer to Peer Program (NPTP)
The need to implement a performance-based management system among CAAs and other eligible entities receiving Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) funds has long been recognized by OCS and the CSBG Network. Efforts to expedite adoption of such a system were given impetus by the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993. In 1998 the CSBG Act was amended, mandating the implementation of a comprehensive performance-based management system which they identified as "Results-Oriented Management and Accountability," or ROMA, across the entire Community Services Network.
The Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP), with HHS OCS and Pennsylvania CSBG discretionary funding support, developed the Peer to Peer (PtP) ROMA "Train the Trainer" Project in 1998, for the Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in Pennsylvania. CAAP demonstrated its ability to move this training model to a national application in 2000-2001. CAAP's successful, National Peer to Peer (NPtP) Project established a corps of certified trainers who conducted more than 200 training sessions for more than 4,000 CAA Network leaders and agency personnel. The result of the trainings is an increased awareness across the county about the principles and basic implementation tools associated with ROMA. These trainers, bringing experience and skills from a broad range of backgrounds and CAA network involvement, have helped state CSBG offices, Community Action Associations, local CAAs and related entities with their transition to performance-based management.