Guide to Technical Assistance

RHYTTAC provides tools, resources, and consultation to assist FYSB RHY grantees so they may engage in continuous quality improvement of their services and build their capacity to effectively serve runaway and homeless youth. Technical assistance (TA) services can include the provision of relevant resources, telephone consultation, email exchanges, Community of Practice support, and on-site assessment and consultation to address program specific needs. TA may be requested directly by a grantee, or a Federal Project Officer may request RHYTTAC’s involvement to support a grantee’s effort. TA is not and should not be viewed as negative. Each program can learn from others. As research changes so do the focus and the tools available – there is always more to learn.

TA Clinics – The RHYTTAC calendar includes dates for scheduled TA clinics. These regionally-based events provide the opportunity for participants to come together to address issues identified by the field and by Federal Project Officers. There are two types of TA Clinics.

Topic Clinics – These one- or two-day sessions specifically focus on a topic important to grantees. The events feature a mixture of presentations from a RHYTTAC staff member, federal staff, and/or an SME, as well as time for participants to work together and create action plans related to the specific topic of focus.

Ignite Model Clinics – These one-and-a-half-day sessions are facilitated by RHYTTAC staff but driven entirely by the participants present. Organizations registering for these events are expected to prepare short (5–10 minutes) presentations regarding the aspects of RHY services that are most challenging to the organization, along with a brief overview of what they have tried to address each challenge. All attending organizations then prioritize the list of challenges and create recommended solutions for programs. These sessions are highly interactive, and participants are encouraged to bring materials for review and discussion.

Request Support – RHY grantees may request TA support online, email [email protected], or call 888.290.7233.