Policy-Related Questions for FOA PS13-1308
Q1: The FOA Strategy 2 for HIV prevention requires funded partners to reach all secondary schools in priority districts and schools in order to secure improvements in exemplary sexual health education (ESHE) and policy. Will CDC expect funded partners to survey all school districts (in addition to a sample of schools) in order to measure such changes in policy?
A1: Funded partners need to respond to the requests identified in the FOA. Funded partners will decide whether they will survey school districts and, if so, how many.
Q2: What are “science-based policies”?
A2: Science-based policies are policies based on scientific analysis of actual experience, or rigorous modeling which projects that the policy will have a predicted effect.
Q3: Can an organization advocate for a change in sexual education policy using DASH funds?
A3: No. In fiscal year (FY) 2012, Congress expanded anti-lobbying restrictions for grantees that receive funding from the Federal Government (http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/grants/Anti-Lobbying_Restrictions_for_CDC_Grantees_July_2012.pdf [pdf 508K]). Therefore, DASH funded partners cannot use federal funding to advocate or lobby ANY Federal, state, or local government authority (including state and local boards of education) to pass or change specific policies or legislation. Individuals that receive CDC funding to cover their salaries should not engage in advocacy activities.
Q4: Policy, Approach D in Strategy 3, is not listed as one of the areas in which NGOs can provide capacity building assistance (CBA). Is this correct?
A4: Yes, this is correct. Policy is incorporated within each approach, but is not a stand-alone approach for which NGOs should provide focused CBA.
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