This website contains information concerning Results Oriented
Management and Accountability, or ROMA, a performance-based initiative
designed to preserve the anti-poverty focus of community action and to
promote greater effectiveness among state and local agencies receiving
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds.
History of ROMA
ROMA was created in 1994 by an ongoing task force of Federal,
state, and local community action officials – the Monitoring and
Assessment Task Force (MATF). Based upon principles contained in the
Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, ROMA provides a
framework for continuous growth and improvement among more than 1000
local community action agencies and a basis for state leadership and
assistance toward those ends.
Since 1994, the Community Services Network has been guided by six broad anti-poverty goals established by the MATF:
Goal 1: Low-income people become more self-sufficient.
Goal 2: The conditions in which low-income people live are improved.
Goal 3: Low-income people own a stake in their community.
Goal 4: Partnerships among supporters and providers of service to low- income people are achieved.
Goal 5: Agencies increase their capacity to achieve results.
Goal 6: Low-income people, especially
vulnerable populations, achieve their potential by strengthening family
and other supportive systems.
To accomplish these goals, local community action agencies have been
encouraged to undertake a number of ROMA implementation actions that
focus on results-oriented management and results-oriented
Assess poverty needs and conditions within the community;
Define a clear agency anti-poverty mission for community action
and a strategy to address those needs, both immediate and longer term,
in the context of existing resources and opportunities in the community;
Identify specific improvements, or results, to be achieved among low-income people and the community; and
Organize and implement programs, services, and activities, such
as advocacy, within the agency and among “partnering” organizations, to
achieve anticipated results.
Develop and implement strategies to measure and record
improvements in the condition of low-income people and the communities
in which they live that result from community action intervention;
Use information about outcomes, or results, among agency
tripartite boards and staff to determine the overall effectiveness,
inform annual and long-range planning, support agency advocacy, funding,
and community partnership activities.
State CSBG lead agencies and state community action associations
have been encouraged to work as a team to advance ROMA performance-based
concepts among local agencies through on-going training and technical
The Office of Community Services has provided training and technical
assistance funding to all aspects of ROMA implementation throughout the
history of the initiative, including:
Grants to state and local agencies to develop model ROMA measures, strategies, and information systems;
Grants to national, state and local entities to create training and technical assistance materials for use by the network;
Grants to implement statewide strategic planning and program
renewal, performance measurement and reporting, expanded partnerships
with other service providers;
Grants to collect and report state and national ROMA outcome information; and
Grants to establish and maintain national ROMA technical
assistance resources including the Train-the-Trainer program, a ROMA
Clearinghouse, and several agency leadership enhancement and
administration improvement programs.