Office of Public Affairs
May 29, 2002
CONTACT: Nancy Bellow, 312-3492
$3 MILLION GRANT THROUGH COLLEGE TO BENEFIT SOCIAL SERVICES
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego's Research Foundation and the Center for Business and Community Programs will host a new $3 million program to provide training and other consulting services to the state's Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) and local social services offices across New York state.
Under the one-year contract, the college's Center for Business and Community Programs will find, contract and evaluate qualified consultants and trainers in the field of social services, said Nancy Bellow, SUNY Oswego's director of workforce development.
"The quality and depth of talent we have on our campus will expand OTDAs consultant and trainer pool immensely," President Deborah F. Stanley said. "In addition, our faculty and students will have invaluable opportunities for research and applied learning."
The college's Center for Business and Community Programs will coordinate the request for qualifications process for those looking to serve as consultants and trainers with the OTDA. They will evaluate the proposals submitted and do the subcontracting work with those chosen. The center will also look to faculty and staff to assist in evaluating the trainers and consultants hired. In addition, an overall evaluation of the effectiveness of the program will be conducted by the center.
The consultants and trainers will assist the OTDA and local Department of Social Services offices in tasks including organizational development, case management and computer skills, Bellow explained.
"The goal of the effort is to help the important social services system run more smoothly and efficiently to better benefit its constituents," Bellow said. Other responsibilities will include developing the system, finding the right people and implementing a high-quality evaluation process, she added.
"On-campus experts can help in areas ranging from evaluating qualified proposals to participating as consultants or trainers," said Jack Narayan, director of SUNY Oswegos Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. "The project will provide faculty and students from SUNY Oswego's School of Education and School of Business with opportunities to engage in applied research, and the results could be presented at professional conferences and published in research journals."
Of the $3 million contract, $2.5 million is earmarked to directly pay those who will do the training or consulting.
"We have many people on campus who will want to submit their qualifications," Bellow said "We also have many people qualified to assist in the evaluation component."
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