OVW Fiscal Year 2017 Training and Technical Assistance to Support Grantee Reporting

Funding Agency:
Department of Justice

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is a component of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Created in 1995, OVW implements the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation and provides national leadership on issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Since its inception, OVW has supported a multifaceted approach to responding to these crimes through implementation of grant programs authorized by VAWA. By forging state, local and tribal partnerships among police, prosecutors, judges, victim advocates, health care providers, faith leaders, organizations that serve culturally specific and underserved communities, and others, OVW grants help provide victims, across their life span, with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives, while improving communities’ capacity to provide justice for victims and hold offenders accountable. 

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) requires that grantees report on the effectiveness of their VAWA-funded programs to the Attorney General, who, in turn, must report to Congress every two years on the effectiveness of grant-funded activities (P.L. No. 106-386, section 1003, codified at 42 U.S.C. § 3789p). Some OVW grant programs also have specific reporting requirements as outlined in their respective authorizing legislation. 

In response to these reporting requirements, OVW developed annual and semi-annual progress reporting forms for each OVW grant program that track grant-funded activities and incorporate measures tied to program objectives. Grantees funded by OVW report consistent, quantitative data that can be aggregated to reflect the accomplishments within and across grant programs. The reporting forms also collect qualitative information on grantees’ goals, objectives, activities, accomplishments, and remaining areas of need. OVW uses the information collected through these progress reports in different ways, including: monitoring grant activities, providing information to grantees on how their own grant-funded activities and accomplishments compare with others, identifying promising practices, meeting reporting obligations under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) and subsequent legislation, responding to the Department of Justice’s data requests related to performance and budget, reporting to Congress, and responding to ad hoc data requests from within and outside government. 

OVW will enter into a cooperative agreement with an entity selected through this solicitation to review, clean, and analyze data collected from grantee progress reports, maintain that information in a database, and work in partnership with OVW to fulfill reporting requirements, respond to data requests, and make data accessible and useful to OVW and its grantees. The recipient of the cooperative agreement will provide ongoing training and technical assistance to OVW grantees on collecting data to assess their own performance and accurately completing their progress reports. The recipient will also develop new progress reporting forms and instructions, as necessary, as well as review and revise existing forms. The recipient will also assist OVW in the preparation of reports to Congress and additional materials and analyses related to VAWA-funded activities. 

An applicant can submit only one application in response to this solicitation. If an applicant submits multiple versions of the same application, OVW will review only the most recent system-validated version submitted before the deadline.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: Jan. 19, 2017
  • Sponsor Deadline: Feb. 15, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are limited to: national nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education

Amount

$2,500,000

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN) https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDEJKQ2

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/Applicant Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

January 19, 2017

External Deadline

February 15, 2017