Approach & Services
Our approach to technical assistance is rooted in our collective lived-experiences, expertise, and knowledge, including what we hear from partners and grantees themselves doing the boots-on-the-ground work everyday advocating and helping survivors heal and feel safe.
This technical assistance is provided in various ways, including individualized consultation for issue-spotting and troubleshooting, knowledge and skill-building opportunities, information sharing, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
Our TA Foundations
Our TA (Technical Assistance) Foundation refers to the unifying principles always guiding our approach and services. The foundations that are essential to how we provide our technical assistance and training and that we encourage within the Grantees’ own work are:
- Peer-to-peer learning
- Community engagement
- Understanding impacts of intersectionality
- Trauma-informed approach
Our team strives to provide services that are responsive to the needs of the Grantees we work with, and the communities they serve. Our ability to provide these services is made possible by our partnerships, our combined strengths, knowledge, and experiences; and the collective wisdom of survivors and the advocates who have been doing the work to end violence and abuse long before us.
As the comprehensive technical assistance provider for the OVW-funded Underserved Program, our team provides the Grantees of this program the following services:
Each new cohort attends a Grantee Orientation, designed to provide relevant information about grant administration and financial management. Orientations also include an introduction to the OVW and TA Provider Teams who will support grantees throughout their grant cycle.
Regular and On-Demand Consultations
Each grantee organization gets an assigned TA Point-of-Contact (TA POC) from the UTAP Team who provides regular individualized TA to the grantee throughout their grant cycle, both scheduled and on-demand.
The UTAP Team decides TA POC assignments by considering various factors, including affinity in terms of culture, language, or another underserved-specific identity; and experience and expertise that could be most beneficial to have to serve this grantee.
Peer-to-peer opportunities are facilitated spaces for grantees to collaborate with each other for mutual support and targeted learning on a particular topic.
Occurring both one-on-one or in cohort settings; in short-term or long-term timeframes, they may be organized around populations served by the grantees involved or around a particular topic for learning.
Other virtual learning opportunities for Grantees may take the form of topical webinars, in both standalone and series format. These events can include guest speakers, Underserved Grantees, and/or TA team members and MOU partners. Being virtual, these events provide access to grantees in any location.
Institutes are annual convenings of all current Underserved Grantees organized around increasing knowledge, skills, and connections for each other, the UTAP Team, and OVW. These institutes emphasize skill-building in core program areas of outreach and services.