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“Recognizing the importance of knowing whether programs work, OJJDP developed an outcome-focused performance measurement system for the Formula Grants program and other OJJDP programs... Performance measurements, which focus on outcomes and best practices as identified by research, are based on indicators that are appropriate for most goals and objectives of each funded project.”

—OJJDP Annual Report 2003–2004

To assist in fulfilling OJJDP’s responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), P.L. 103-62, applicants who receive funding through OJJDP must provide data that measures the results of their work. OJJDP offers the following performance measurement resources for grantees:

  • Online Performance Reporting Tool (DCTAT) is a tool to support grantees' ability to identify, collect and submit performance data about their OJJDP grant. OJJDP uses the system to aggregate performance data across grantees and grant programs. The system can be accessed online. Contact the DCTAT help desk by e-mail or call 866–487–0512.


  • OJP's Grants Management System (GMS) is designed to make the application process easier and more efficient. GMS prompts you to fill out online forms and submit application materials (program narrative, budget, etc.) as file attachments—just like sending an attachment in an e-mail. Onscreen instructions guide you through the process. An online training materials are also available, as is a GMS Hotline (888–549–9901) to call for technical assistance. GMS training is available online.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: What is the difference between the GMS and the DCTAT systems?

A: The DCTAT is designed to help you compile your performance data and make sure it is in the correct format for submission to OJJDP through the GMS system.

 

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