The Office of Independent Living Programs (OILP) uses a three-tier system to evaluate and monitor Center for Independent Living (CIL) grantees. Tier one includes a grantee dashboard completed over the course of the fiscal year. Tier two reviews focus on specific program(s) or fiscal issues. Tier three are comprehensive program and fiscal reviews. The Compliance and Outcome Monitoring Protocol (COMP) provides transparency and consistency in the oversight of CIL grantees, helps identify training, and technical assistance needs across the network.
The purpose of the COMP is to improve program performance. The OILP relies on the COMP to provide consistent federal oversight of CIL grantees. Grantees may use the COMP to understand program and fiscal requirements and to conduct self-evaluations. Non-federal reviewers will use the COMP as a resource to ensure consistency during onsite reviews.
The objectives of CIL oversight and monitoring include:
- Assess compliance with the assurances and evaluation standards in Sections 725(b) and 725(c)(3) of the Act;
- Study the program operation, organizational structure and administration of the CIL, under Section 725(c)(1), (2), (5), and (6) of the Act;
- Review documentation sufficient to verify the accuracy of the information submitted in the most recent annual program performance report (PPR);
- Verify that the CIL is managed in accordance with federal program and fiscal requirements;
- Assess CIL conformance with its work plan, developed in accordance with Section 725(c)(4) of the Act, conditions of the CIL’s approved application, and consistency with the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL);
- Identify areas of suggested or necessary improvements in the CIL’s programmatic and fiscal operation and provide TA resources available on the local, state, regional and national level; and
- Identify areas of exemplary work, projects and coordination efforts and make this information available to the larger CIL community.
Federal oversight of CIL grantees include four broad components:
- Federal review of program compliance
- Federal review of outcomes
- Federal review of fiscal operations
- Provision of technical assistance
The Compliance and Outcome Monitoring Protocol (COMP) is the guidebook used to conduct Center for Independent Living (CIL) oversight and monitoring. The guidebook is a resource for Office of Independent Living Programs (OILP) staff, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), and non-federal reviewers
COMP Guide - The guidebook includes a list of acronyms and a glossary. This information will help with understanding words and concepts associated with the COMP.
CIL Evaluation Tool - OILP created the Self-Evaluation Tool to streamline the processes. They are the tools OILP uses to review the programs annually and periodically but can be used by the grantees at any time to conduct self-evaluation. In a comprehensive review, grantees will complete and submit the Self-Evaluation Tool as part of the review process.
- COMP Appendices - Tools such as the fiscal review tool and note-taking tips are included.