Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request, 30263-30264 [2012-12394]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 22, 2012 / Notices CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request Corporation for National and Community Service. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. Sec. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirement on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, CNCS is soliciting comments concerning its proposed data collection for the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) National Evaluation. Research questions for the evaluation are categorized into 5 major topic areas: • Documenting SIF’s outcomes for people served; • Strengthening the evidence base; • Expanding the reach of programs that work; • Using intermediaries to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits to implement and expand programs; and • Assessing SIF’s influence on policy, funding and practice. The evaluation seeks to understand whether and how the SIF has met its intended goals by assessing the extent to which: (1) Outcomes for those in need have improved; (2) the evidence base has been strengthened; (3) nonprofit capacity to implement and expand programs has increased; and, (4) SIF has influenced the use of evidence, the flow of capital and the scaling of promising program models within the public, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. The evaluation will focus on the initial group of 11 intermediaries (grantees) and 138 community nonprofits (subgrantees) funded by the SIF in 2010. These intermediaries and their subgrantees will be providing information for the SIF National Evaluation. Copies of the information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed in the addresses section of this notice. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:20 May 21, 2012 Jkt 226001 Written comments must be submitted to the individual and office listed in the ADDRESSES section by July 23, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by the title of the information collection activity, by any of the following methods: (1) By mail sent to: Corporation for National and Community Service, Attention: Joscelyn Silsby, Project Director, SIF Evaluation, Office of Strategy and Strategic Initiatives, Corporation for National and Community Service, 1201 New York Avenue NW., Room 10906A Washington, DC, 20525. (2) By hand delivery or by courier to the CNCS mailroom at Room 8100 at the mail address given in paragraph (1) above, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. (3) By fax to: (202) 606–3464 Attention: Joscelyn Silsby, Project Director, SIF Evaluation. (4) Electronically through the CNCS email system: jsilsby@cns.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY–TDD) may call 1–800–833–3722 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joscelyn Silsby (202–606–6772), or by email at jsilsby@cns.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CNCS is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of CNCS, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are expected to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses). DATES: Background During 2010, 11 intermediaries received SIF grants across the three priority areas. As of July 1, 2011, the 2010 intermediaries had funded 138 sub PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30263 grantees in 31 states and the District of Columbia. These intermediaries and sub grantees will be providing the information for the SIF National Evaluation. Some of the information will be collected electronically and other information will be collected from intermediaries and subgrantees through telephone or in-person interviews. The following data collection activities are planned for Year 2 of the evaluation: • Intermediaries will provide data on the 138 sub grantees to document the changes in outputs and outcomes that occur as a result of SIF, beginning in the fall of 2012. This will be an annual data collection and will be conducted in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The information that will be collected includes characteristics of the populations served, the number of clients receiving each type of service, how new and underserved populations are reached, how people’s lives have potentially changed with SIF-funded services, total funding available for subgrantee programs (including matching funds), cost of providing services (including direct costs and indirect costs), and number of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members. • Conduct brief telephone surveys with 138 sub grantees to obtain contextual and explanatory information (clarification of the data received from the annual program activity data collection). This data collection will occur in 2012, 2013, and 2015. • Conduct in-depth discussions over the telephone with 11 grantees in 2013. These discussions will focus on the capacity strengthening needs of the sub grantees and how the grantees are or are planning to meet those needs as well as program expansion strategies the subgrantees are or will be implementing. • Conduct in-person discussions with selected sub grantees to better understand the implementation of the SIF. This will result in development of 15 case studies. The first set of case studies will focus on understanding the types of strategies used by intermediaries and subgrantees to expand program reach and the subgrantee capacities that are needed or are in place to do this effectively. Current Action This is a new information collection request. Type of Review: New. Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service. Title: Social Innovation Fund (SIF) National Evaluation. OMB Number: TBD. E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 30264 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 22, 2012 / Notices Agency Number: NA. Affected Public: The affected public will be the intermediaries and the subgrantees who received SIF funding from CNCS, stakeholders (representatives from partnering organizations, volunteers, and perhaps local evaluators). Total Respondents: 250. Frequency: The annual program activity data collection instrument will be completed once annually during 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Telephone surveys with subgrantees will occur in 2012, 2013, and 2015. Site visits and discussions will occur once in 2013 and 2015 with approximately 15 subgrantees (program director and staff), and stakeholders to develop case studies focused on program expansion strategies and capacity strengthening work. Average Time per Response: Average response time of the 11 grantees to compile the data for each sub grantee for the annual program activity data collection instrument will be 3 hours Number of respondents per subgrantee. The follow-up survey with sub grantees will be 30 minutes; interviews with SIF intermediaries will take 1.5 hours; and the discussions with SIF Program directors and staff, and stakeholders for the case studies will be 1 hour per respondent. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 589.5 hours. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): None. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): None. Frequency of response Burden hours per Response Total annual burden hours Data collection activity Respondents Annual program activity data collection instrument. Follow-up telephone surveys ............ In-depth interviews ............................ Case studies of 15 sub grantee programs. SIF intermediaries ............................ 138 1 3.0 414 SIF subgrantees ............................... SIF intermediaries ............................ SIF Program director and staff, and stakeholders. 138 11 90 1 1 1 0.5 1.5 1 69 16.5 90 Total ........................................... ........................................................... 250 ........................ 6.0 589.5 Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: May 16, 2012. Marlene Zakai, Deputy Chief of Staff, Management. [FR Doc. 2012–12394 Filed 5–21–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6050–$$–P CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE Information Collection; Submission for OMB Review, Comment Request Corporation for National and Community Service. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), has submitted a public information collection request (ICR) entitled National Performance Measurement Assessment for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104– 13, (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Copies of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling the Corporation for National and Community Service, Joscelyn Silsby, at (202) 606–6772, or email to jsilsby@cns.com. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY–TDD) may call 1–800–833–3722 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:20 May 21, 2012 Jkt 226001 ADDRESSES: Comments The OMB is particularly interested in comments which: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of CNCS, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Propose ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Propose ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. A 60-day public comment Notice was published in the Federal Register on March 16, 2012. This comment period ended May 15, 2012. No public comments were received from this Notice. Description: CNCS is seeking approval for two surveys and an interview protocol that will be used to assess the National Performance Measurement Pilot. The purpose of this data collection is for CNCS to understand how grantees have selected, implemented, and reported program performance using pilot measures developed for programs receiving AmeriCorps grants in 2010 and 2011. CNCS will use the results of this assessment to inform the ongoing development of AmeriCorps grantee measures as well as new performance measurement efforts within other CNCS programs. Completion of this information collection is considered completely voluntary and is not required to be considered for or to obtain grant funding support from any CNCS program. Type of Review: New. Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service. Title: National Performance Measurement Assessment. OMB Number: New. Agency Number: None. Affected Public: AmeriCorps State and National State Service Commissions and grantees. Estimated Number of Total Respondents: 214. Comments may be submitted, identified by the title of the information collection activity, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: Ms. Sharon Mar, OMB Desk Officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service, by any of the following two methods within 30 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register: (1) By fax to: (202) 395–6974, Attention: Ms. Sharon Mar, OMB Desk Officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service; and (2) Electronically by email to: smar@omb.eop.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 99 (Tuesday, May 22, 2012)]
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CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request

AGENCY: Corporation for National and Community Service.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), as 
part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the 
general public and federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance 
with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. Sec. 
3506(c)(2)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be 
provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial 
resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, 
and the impact of collection requirement on respondents can be properly 
assessed.
    Currently, CNCS is soliciting comments concerning its proposed data 
collection for the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) National Evaluation. 
Research questions for the evaluation are categorized into 5 major 
topic areas:
     Documenting SIF's outcomes for people served;
     Strengthening the evidence base;
     Expanding the reach of programs that work;
     Using intermediaries to strengthen the capacity of 
nonprofits to implement and expand programs; and
     Assessing SIF's influence on policy, funding and practice.
    The evaluation seeks to understand whether and how the SIF has met 
its intended goals by assessing the extent to which: (1) Outcomes for 
those in need have improved; (2) the evidence base has been 
strengthened; (3) nonprofit capacity to implement and expand programs 
has increased; and, (4) SIF has influenced the use of evidence, the 
flow of capital and the scaling of promising program models within the 
public, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. The evaluation will focus 
on the initial group of 11 intermediaries (grantees) and 138 community 
nonprofits (subgrantees) funded by the SIF in 2010. These 
intermediaries and their subgrantees will be providing information for 
the SIF National Evaluation.
    Copies of the information collection request can be obtained by 
contacting the office listed in the addresses section of this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the individual and office 
listed in the ADDRESSES section by July 23, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by the title of the 
information collection activity, by any of the following methods:
    (1) By mail sent to: Corporation for National and Community 
Service, Attention: Joscelyn Silsby, Project Director, SIF Evaluation, 
Office of Strategy and Strategic Initiatives, Corporation for National 
and Community Service, 1201 New York Avenue NW., Room 10906A 
Washington, DC, 20525.
    (2) By hand delivery or by courier to the CNCS mailroom at Room 
8100 at the mail address given in paragraph (1) above, between 9:00 
a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.
    (3) By fax to: (202) 606-3464 Attention: Joscelyn Silsby, Project 
Director, SIF Evaluation.
    (4) Electronically through the CNCS email system: jsilsby@cns.gov. 
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY-TDD) 
may call 1-800-833-3722 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 
Monday through Friday.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joscelyn Silsby (202-606-6772), or by 
email at jsilsby@cns.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CNCS is particularly interested in comments 
that:
     Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of CNCS, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are expected to respond, including the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting 
electronic submissions of responses).

Background

    During 2010, 11 intermediaries received SIF grants across the three 
priority areas. As of July 1, 2011, the 2010 intermediaries had funded 
138 sub grantees in 31 states and the District of Columbia. These 
intermediaries and sub grantees will be providing the information for 
the SIF National Evaluation. Some of the information will be collected 
electronically and other information will be collected from 
intermediaries and subgrantees through telephone or in-person 
interviews.
    The following data collection activities are planned for Year 2 of 
the evaluation:
     Intermediaries will provide data on the 138 sub grantees 
to document the changes in outputs and outcomes that occur as a result 
of SIF, beginning in the fall of 2012. This will be an annual data 
collection and will be conducted in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The 
information that will be collected includes characteristics of the 
populations served, the number of clients receiving each type of 
service, how new and underserved populations are reached, how people's 
lives have potentially changed with SIF-funded services, total funding 
available for subgrantee programs (including matching funds), cost of 
providing services (including direct costs and indirect costs), and 
number of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members.
     Conduct brief telephone surveys with 138 sub grantees to 
obtain contextual and explanatory information (clarification of the 
data received from the annual program activity data collection). This 
data collection will occur in 2012, 2013, and 2015.
     Conduct in-depth discussions over the telephone with 11 
grantees in 2013. These discussions will focus on the capacity 
strengthening needs of the sub grantees and how the grantees are or are 
planning to meet those needs as well as program expansion strategies 
the subgrantees are or will be implementing.
     Conduct in-person discussions with selected sub grantees 
to better understand the implementation of the SIF. This will result in 
development of 15 case studies. The first set of case studies will 
focus on understanding the types of strategies used by intermediaries 
and subgrantees to expand program reach and the subgrantee capacities 
that are needed or are in place to do this effectively.

Current Action

    This is a new information collection request.
    Type of Review: New.
    Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service.
    Title: Social Innovation Fund (SIF) National Evaluation.
    OMB Number: TBD.

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    Agency Number: NA.
    Affected Public: The affected public will be the intermediaries and 
the subgrantees who received SIF funding from CNCS, stakeholders 
(representatives from partnering organizations, volunteers, and perhaps 
local evaluators).
    Total Respondents: 250.
    Frequency: The annual program activity data collection instrument 
will be completed once annually during 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. 
Telephone surveys with subgrantees will occur in 2012, 2013, and 2015. 
Site visits and discussions will occur once in 2013 and 2015 with 
approximately 15 subgrantees (program director and staff), and 
stakeholders to develop case studies focused on program expansion 
strategies and capacity strengthening work.
    Average Time per Response: Average response time of the 11 grantees 
to compile the data for each sub grantee for the annual program 
activity data collection instrument will be 3 hours per subgrantee. The 
follow-up survey with sub grantees will be 30 minutes; interviews with 
SIF intermediaries will take 1.5 hours; and the discussions with SIF 
Program directors and staff, and stakeholders for the case studies will 
be 1 hour per respondent.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 589.5 hours.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): None.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): None.

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                                                     Number of     Frequency of    Burden hours    Total annual
   Data collection activity        Respondents      respondents      response      per Response    burden hours
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Annual program activity data    SIF                          138               1             3.0             414
 collection instrument.          intermediaries.
Follow-up telephone surveys...  SIF subgrantees.             138               1             0.5              69
In-depth interviews...........  SIF                           11               1             1.5            16.5
                                 intermediaries.
Case studies of 15 sub grantee  SIF Program                   90               1               1              90
 programs.                       director and
                                 staff, and
                                 stakeholders.
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.....................  ................             250  ..............             6.0           589.5
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    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget 
approval of the information collection request; they will also become a 
matter of public record.

    Dated: May 16, 2012.
Marlene Zakai,
Deputy Chief of Staff, Management.
[FR Doc. 2012-12394 Filed 5-21-12; 8:45 am]
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