The Strategic Tracking and Reporting Tool (START) is multifaceted
business planning software designed to assist centers in collecting
and retaining critical data and information about center operations,
programs, and services.
However, START is not intended to be a static document, but rather
a business-planning tool that can and should be regularly updated,
modified, and revised to reflect center activities, growth, and
The Assessment section of START is a way for centers to annually
report on what actually happened at the center in contrast to what
was planned to happen at the center. As such, it serves as a useful
measure of successful outcomes, which you can then use to indicate
your center's accomplishments when applying for funding and approaching
START has been designed to numerically populate portions of the
Assessment with information that you previously provided in your
approved START business plan for that fiscal year. You are then
asked to provide actual numbers and information about the programs
and services provided to complete the Assessment.
Other Assessment components allow you to showcase the center's
successes, provide budget analysis, comment on what worked well
and why, and provide center user data on employment, skill training,
When completed, the Assessment section of START can be electronically
submitted to your HUD Neighborhood Networks Coordinator. The Assessment
should be completed annually and reflect the work of the center
for the fiscal year (October 1st to September 30th). It should be
submitted no later than October 31st of each year.
In addition to providing a valuable lens with which to view the
center's activities, having a completed and approved Assessment
is also a requirement to achieve Certified Center Classification.
For assistance with any part of the Assessment, call Neighborhood
Networks staff toll free at (888) 312-2743.