Standards for Success to Replace Semi-Annual Report
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
New Report Better Reflects Resident Outcomes
Beginning in January, service coordinators working in all HUD-assisted properties and currently filing semi-annual reports must begin submitting Standards for Success (SfS) reports. The new report, which will be filed annually in October, will replace semi-annual reporting. HUD announced the change during the 2018 National Service Coordinator Conference in Austin, Texas.
SfS eliminates sections 8-14 of the semi-annual report that addressed service coordinator allocation of time. While some quality assurance and management companies may still require service coordinators to log that data, it will no longer be reported to HUD. Instead of tracking how service coordinators spend their time, HUD staff say the goal of SfS is to collect resident-level data that paints a more comprehensive picture of how the program is working.
“We know that this is a powerful program, we just don’t have the data to show it,” Alicia Anderson, branch chief of HUD’s Grants and New Funding Office, told conference attendees. She said the improved data from SfS will be used to refine the service coordinator program, improve accountability and highlight its successes.
Currently, HUD collects aggregate information on resident Activities of Daily Living, age, gender, ethnicity and race. With the new reporting tool, that information will be presented at the resident level to allow HUD to better determine the impacts service coordinator programs have on individual residents. Residents will be assigned indicator numbers to protect privacy.
Daily information collection isn’t expected to change drastically, according to HUD staff. Instead, the biggest change is in the way the information sent to the agency is packaged. More than 1,600 AASC Online users were part of the SfS pilot and are presently submitting only the annual report. Those who will be new to SfS in January must submit their final semi-annual reports by Jan. 30, 2019. For the first year of SfS implementation, data submitted by Oct. 30, 2019 will represent a truncated reporting period (Jan. 1 – Sept. 30).
See the chart below for a comparison of the semi-annul report to SfS. AASC will continue to inform and prepare members for the new report in the coming months. If you have questions, contact AASC Government Affairs Manager Melissa Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-848-5958. More information is also available about the report on HUD Exchange.