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Cooperative Agreement - ODRC Implementation Project

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19 Mar 2021

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year 2021. This project will apply the tenants of implementation science to assist the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODCR) develop implementation plans for the identified change targets of: auditing/data collection and analysis, staff recruitment, hiring and training, culture change, and behavior change case management orientation.

Goals
Agency leadership and mid-level management staff will develop the knowledge, skills, capacity, and implementation strategies to create and sustain change in targeted areas.

Objectives
These objectives will be completed over a two-year period:
Year One: Assessment and Training
1. Establish a statewide implementation team from ODRC leadership and stakeholders to plan, guide, and monitor state implementation efforts.
2. Deliver virtual training session(s) on the essential methods and tools of implementation science to the statewide implementation team members.
3. Diagnose the implementation issues and challenges for each of the identified change targets by analysis of relevant data/information, policy/procedures, and staff.
Year Two: Planning, Application, and Support
4. Establish six ODRC regional staff implementation teams to focus on the change targets specific to their regions.
5. Deliver virtual and face-to-face training(s) on the essential methods and tools of implementation science to the six implementation team members.
6. Develop and engage implementation plans for each of the six ODRC regions.
7. Formalized a process to measure, monitor, and provide feedback, support/coaching to all of the implementation teams – statewide and regional.

Deliverables
Year One: Assessment and Training
1. A project action plan developed in collaboration with the NIC program manager and ODRC leadership to establish tasks, roles, responsibilities, and timelines for the entire two-year project.
2. Establish a statewide implementation team from ODRC leadership staff and stakeholders, who will provide guidance and direction for the project.
3. A virtual implementation science training(s) for the statewide implementation team. A training plan that includes lesson plans and power points.
4. An agency implementation assessment report that determines agency needs, operational gaps, strengths, and capacity related to the change targets.
Year Two: Planning, Application, and Support
1. Establish six ODRC regional implementation teams from ODRC regional staff who will serve as key staff in developing and monitoring plan activities.
2. Deliver virtual and/or face-to-face training(s) for the six regional team members.  Develop training plan that includes lesson plans and power points.
3. Develop six regional specific implementation plans for the change targets, based on the findings from the implementation assessment report.
4. Engage the six regional teams in applying implementation tools and methods.
5. Monitor, measure, and provide feedback on all implementation activities in the six regions.
6. Prepare a written final report, based on NIC framework, and deliver findings verbally to ODRC leadership. Awardee will work with the NIC program manager to identify elements for inclusion in the report.

Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 17, 2021

 

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