Rubicon Programs with Contra Costa Workforce Collaborative
America’s Job Center of California Grant Development, Planning, and Evaluation
In 2018, Rubicon Programs hired RDA to facilitate an accelerated program planning and grant proposal development process with a newly formed collaborative made up of workforce and employment organizations and adult education centers in Contra Costa County. Rubicon is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to equip people to break the cycle of poverty through job training and placement, housing, behavioral health, and other supportive services for low-income residents of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. The Contra Costa Workforce Collaborative (CCWC) sought funding through an America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) grant proposal to establish a system-level model of partnership and collaboration across ten organizations to operate a comprehensive AJCC and to provide WIOA services to the County’s job seekers.
To support this effort, RDA conducted a substantial analysis of secondary data on demographic, labor market, education, and industry trends, as well as research into various collaborative service delivery models. As this planning process involved executive and program leadership from all ten CCWC organizations, RDA designed our facilitation approach to productively address conflicting perspectives and stakeholder priorities to keep the group moving toward a unified plan. As a part of proposal development, RDA also developed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to clarify and formalize the many partnerships planned in the proposal.
The Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board awarded the CCWC full funding totaling $1,450,000 to provide AJCC and WIOA services. As a result, the CCWC is now better positioned to prepare adults and dislocated workers to be competitive in the job market, specifically in the County’s most relevant industry sectors. Since this project, CCWC has engaged RDA to provide additional implementation planning services and technical assistance, to evaluate the Collaborative and its activities, and to write another proposal for funding to continue operating the AJCC in Alameda County (submitted Nov 20, 2020).
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“RDA has provided exemplary support for the Contra Costa County Adult Education Consortium for the past three+ years. Their professional approaches and skills have facilitated challenging partnership and organizational discussions while assisting our consortium to successfully meet every programmatic and compliance milestone. We consider their organization an integral part of our own, as well as our success. Thank you RDA!”
Senior Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, Diablo Valley College
Contra Costa County Adult Education Consortium
"Rubicon has reaped many benefits through partnering with RDA over the last several years. RDA delivers stellar project management, proposal writing, and facilitation services. The RDA team provides an optimal balance of organization, accountability, and personability that makes partnerships easy and effective. If a funding proposal or project convening is entrusted to RDA, you can be certain you are in good hands!"
Dr. Carole Dorham-Kelly
President and CEO - Rubicon Programs
"The Santa Cruz County Probation Department has enjoyed working with RDA over the past 4 years and found their staff to be exceptionally professional and highly dedicated to helping my department use data to illustrate successes and identify areas for improvement. They produce high quality and accurate reports, which help us use data to inform policy and practice change. I highly recommend them."
Chief Probation Officer - Santa Cruz County Probation Department
"The RDA team was such a help for us all these years. They took care of every piece of our evaluation and produced reports that were very high-quality and thorough. The RDA team was always very accommodating of our data challenges and always did their best to help us make use of what they discovered. RDA was a partner with our program."
Program Director, Assisted Outpatient Program (AOT)
Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services
"We have partnered with RDA on research, evaluation, technical assistance, and grant writing projects and have had overwhelming success. A strong working relationship drives our ability to develop effective planning and implementation strategies. They listen, adapt, guide and bring a tremendous amount of expertise and focus to our collaborative efforts."
Chief Executive Officer - San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project
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Amy Faulstich, MSW
Senior Associate - California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions
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